NYT: Say, that Planned Parenthood attack ad on Romney might be a bit unfair

posted at 12:41 pm on May 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Planned Parenthood has endorsed Barack Obama, ending that drawn-out suspense of this round in the endorsement battles.  (I’m certain that Team Romney is devastated to have lost the oh-so-unpredictable Planned Parenthood Seal of Approval.)  The national chain of abortion mills has also launched a new television spot warning that because Romney wants to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, he’s obviously aiming to enslave the wimminses, or something:

Even the New York Times throws a flag on this play, via Katrina Trinko:

“When Mitt Romney says, ‘Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that,’” the ad says, “Romney is saying he’ll deny women the birth control and cancer screenings they depend on.”

That statement can be misleading. Mr. Romney was answering a question about what federal funding he would target for elimination or reductions if he is elected. His campaign has said he wants to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood, not the organization itself.

You think?  Planned Parenthood wants to argue that they have a right to federal funding, which is a novel concept, especially for a private-sector business.  That’s the only way in which they can argue that Romney would act to destroy Planned Parenthood as President.  In fact, Romney hasn’t argued at all that Planned Parenthood should be somehow banned by government, but only that they should exist on their own income and not taxpayer funds.  Given the numerous occasions where their clinics have acted to evade or defy state laws on child abuse, Romney hardly has a fringe outlook on that point.

The same can be said about their argument on Roe v Wade, albeit with more nuance.  An overturning of Roe would not, in fact, make abortion any more or less illegal than it is now — at least not immediately.  It would end the preposterous notion that abortion is a constitutionally-guaranteed right and return the question of legality and regulation back to the states, where it belonged in the first place.  That would tend to give states more power to proscribe abortion or at least limit its availability, but it would also remove the question from the level of national politics — where Romney is running to be President.   In any event, Romney himself can’t overturn Roe (a point he was making at the time from which this clip was culled), and even more to the point would be less able to restrict choice as President in an overturned-Roe era.

It seems that Planned Parenthood is as honest in their politics as they are in their business.


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Ummm…except for the fact that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even offer cancer screenings.

Trafalgar on May 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Why you wanna deny wymyns the right to government funded referrals??

NotCoach on May 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

And the Banhammer claims another victim!

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

whelp, looks like the wise queertina got the boot.

tom daschle concerned on May 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ed slapped her with bacon soaked in holy water.

NotCoach on May 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Good job, Ed.

JPeterman on May 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

If they called it what it really is, funding would be pulled immediately . Ppl don’t know what they really do……
Buh-bye Kagan………..;-)

angrymike on May 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Planned Parenthood has endorsed Obama? Has that been confirmed? A great deal of intense, bitter internal debate must have taken place but once again Sanger’s Gals have made a gutsy call on behalf of Choice. So what are looking at? Some kind of PP-Democrat alliance?

Politics sure makes for strange bedfellows. Any further comment, Justice Kagan?

spiritof61 on May 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

“If polygamy were legal…”

Hmmm, if it were legal to knock up multiple women, refuse to marry them or support their children, then there would be tons of irresponsible Baby Daddys running around.

Oh wait.

How can the party who thinks on one hand that marriage is unnecessary as a foundation to society and on the other hand demand legalizing marriage for same sex possibly bat an eye at a history of polygamy?

If killing viable babies in utero were legal…

If it were legal to mutilate girl’s sex organs by cutting off their nasty clitorises…

Seriously Dude try to find an argument that has a prayer of making you sound lucid.

Nana on May 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Oh sorry–I see Justice Kagan is now unavailable. SCOTUS and all.

spiritof61 on May 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Lol. You want context in the fraud of a political system we have in this country? A political system controlled by a powerful 1%? This kangaroo political system? Lol. Good luck with that man.

Uppereastside on May 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Think that quote was from NYT of all places.
Anyway, your guy Obama lives in the system you so disparge.
Nothing w/o it.

Jabberwock on May 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Can you ban her from SCOTUS too, please?

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Can you ban her from SCOTUS too, please?

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Ah, if only Ed’s banhammer extended that far. . .

Dark Star on May 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Does this mean Romney will stop supporting Abortions R Us or will he continue to moderate towards the dark side?

Honestly, aside from Willard isn’t 0bama, will we ever get a strong reason for voting for the creator of 0bamacare? EVER?!?!

DannoJyd on May 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Oh sorry–I see Justice Kagan is now unavailable. SCOTUS and all.

spiritof61 on May 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Heh…plus, those of you insinuating that she was AP were wrong.

Flora Duh is right.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

She can now work for slime-green causes.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Trust me, she was begging for it.

I’m beginning to think it’s a liberal badge of honor to get the HotAir banhammer.

pain train on May 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

ElanaKagen, aka Green Goddess, aka L.I.G. is Politico’s number one man hater. Especially if that man is a black conservative.

Isn’t that right GG?

I suggest you all just ignore her. She hates that almost as much as she hates “cons” and Justice Clarence Thomas.

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It’s going to be really easy to ignore her now.

Hee hee hee

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Honestly, aside from Willard isn’t 0bama, will we ever get a strong reason for voting for the creator of 0bamacare? EVER?!?!

DannoJyd on May 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

That’s enough of a reason for a lot of us, thanks. More would only be a bonus.

ABO, folks.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hey, Ed. If you are going to wack somebody with the banhammer and delete their comments, you might want to delete comments that quote them, too. It looks like you get butthurt if anyone says anything bad about Mittens.

The choice is clear for women. Do you want to vote for the man that believes women should stay home and be baby machines (with their sister wives)? Or do you want to vote for the man that promotes his wife’s career and supporters her through a responsible family plan?

ElenaKagan on May 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

AKA the truth.

If polygamy were still legal, you know that Romney would have multiple wives. Of course, he can’t appear that way because he’s trying to win the presidency.

ElenaKagan on May 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

So Obama, the “gay guy,” is a closeted polygamist who has (only) two children (daughters) and supports his very independent wife?

Yeah…

ElenaKagan on May 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Dumbass.

darwin-t on May 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Thank you!

This entire ‘Republicans are after your ladyparts/wimmins’ just isn’t going to win hearts and minds. Grabbing for genitals proves you aren’t interested in discussion.

ajacksonian on May 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

. . . . . Or do you want to vote for the man that promotes his wife’s career and supporters her through promotes his wife’s career and supporters her through a responsible family plan?

ElenaKagan on May 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

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If there’s young children involved (and that’s the implication), then “promoting and supporting his wife’s career” is mutually excluded from “a responsible family plan”.

listens2glenn on May 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Look its the funny, strange, plain lady.

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Too bad, she really enjoyed lobster. Bye, funny ,strange, plain lady.

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Ed there is one, well okay, a couple of others while your in the mood. ; )

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Honestly, aside from Willard isn’t 0bama, will we ever get a strong reason for voting for the creator of 0bamacare? EVER?!?!

DannoJyd on May 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

That’s not enough? Keep in mind it isn’t just that Obama is defeated and Mooch’s quality of life gets decidedly normal without all those taxpaid perqs. We get rid of this entire corrupt administration. We get a new Attorney General to replace the guy who has no problems with white voter intimidataion or arming Mexican drug cartels. We get a new Dept. of Homeland Security. We get a new HHS secretary who may understand that government doesn’t have a mandate to regulate religious freedom. We get rid of the whole filthy lot of them.

Seriously, why is that not enough for you. And please don’t insult everybody by the stupid “there is no difference between Romney and Obama” meme because that simply isn’t true. And even if it were, the current team has failed, why sign them up for another four years? Bad enough when the Washington Redskins do it but downright idiocy when voters do it.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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Thank you!

ajacksonian on May 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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Excuse me . . . it’s difficult . . . typing . . . while wiping . . . away . . . my tears of sorrow.

How can Hotair.com prevent a “banned commenter” from reapplying at the next open enrollment, under a different name, address, email, etc?

listens2glenn on May 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Because Planned Parenthood is the only place where you can obtain a breast cancer screening if you’re a woman with limited resources

blammm on May 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

As Trafalgar pointed out PP doesn’t do cancer screenings or mammograms. These are however offered by local and state run clinics at little or no cost. So the defunding of PP will have no effect.

Deanna on May 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

ElenaKagan won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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Can you ban her from SCOTUS too, please?

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

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: )

listens2glenn on May 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

blammm on May 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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As Trafalgar pointed out PP doesn’t do cancer screenings or mammograms. These are however offered by local and state run clinics at little or no cost. So the defunding of PP will have no effect.

Deanna
on May 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

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Exactly.

listens2glenn on May 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

tom daschle concerned on May 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

; )

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

How can Hotair.com prevent a “banned commenter” from reapplying at the next open enrollment, under a different name, address, email, etc?

listens2glenn on May 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Obi-Wan Morrisey is subtle in the use of the force.

Its hard to tell how many are caught on pre-screening… a few slip through, yes, can’t be helped and their posting style and pattern belies them: you can change names, accounts, IP addresses, but how you think and speak and put down words is something else again.

A simple shell script fed with the posts of those banned should do the trick. A bit of heuristic magic. Works on anti-virus systems and trolls aren’t as complex as those…

ajacksonian on May 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

ha ha ha so typical not a word on hot air about Mitten’s amazing photo app where

1) one caption spelled America wrong

2) he ripped off one of the most famous political slogans of the last century.

Shhhh

shh

sh

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Dumbass.

darwin-t on May 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Hey, dumbass, how about reading the Terms of Use:

We reserve the right to delete your comments or revoke your registration for any reason. Rarely, if ever, will we do so simply because we disagree with you. We will, however, usually do so if you post something that is, in our good-faith opinion, (a) off-topic;

Maybe in your feeble mind “sister wives” and “multiple wives” are on topic when discussing “Planned Parenthood.”

Apparently Ed begged to differ.

Dumbass.

pain train on May 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM

ha ha ha so typical not a word on hot air about Mitten’s amazing photo app where

1) one caption spelled America wrong

2) he ripped off one of the most famous political slogans of the last century.

Shhhh

shh

sh

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Photo app? Can I get it at iTunes? What’s it called? What does it do? Misspell things? Just put “shhhh” on the pic?

PS: Conservative Majority Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

ha ha ha so typical not a word on hot air about Mitten’s amazing photo app where

1) one caption spelled America wrong

2) he ripped off one of the most famous political slogans of the last century.

Shhhh

shh

sh

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Drywall, still looking longingly over that fence?
I heard the mounted police had to put a restraining order on you. Stay away from the wildlife, freak.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

My point was that if comments are bad enough to get a user banned, it doesn’t really make much sense to leave up the comments that quote them. Hence the “Dumbass”

I didn’t say that Ed didn’t have the right to delete them or ban a user.

Dumbass.

darwin-t on May 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Photo app?

Can I get it at iTunes? What’s it called? What does it do? Misspell things? Just put “shhhh” on the pic?

PS: Conservative Majority Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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here you go little girl

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/romney-campaign-releases-with-mitt-iphone-app

now let’s see if you can figure out which is the retarded spelling error and which is the rip off of one of the most famous political slogans of the last century (well, perhaps this is only memorable to people outside America who have a shred of a clue about world affairs)

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

ElanaKagen, aka Green Goddess, aka L.I.G. is Politico’s number one man hater. Especially if that man is a black conservative.

Isn’t that right GG?

I suggest you all just ignore her. She hates that almost as much as she hates “cons” and Justice Clarence Thomas.

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

If true that explains it. Dear Lord the ignorance of GG/LIG haunts me at times. I actually felt dirty dealing with her at Politico

Conservative4Ever on May 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Same old crap mitt Romney is against abortion, so you can’t kill your baby because you wanted a boy instead of a girl.

Conservative4ev on May 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

My point was that if comments are bad enough to get a user banned, it doesn’t really make much sense to leave up the comments that quote them. Hence the “Dumbass”

I didn’t say that Ed didn’t have the right to delete them or ban a user.

Dumbass.

darwin-t on May 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I guess this is the part that threw me off then:

It looks like you get butthurt if anyone says anything bad about Mittens.

darwin-t on May 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

But your main point is taken. My sense is that Ed would probably have to have deleted almost all of the comments since Elena had effectively hijacked the entire thread (this happened last week and Ed essentially admonished the commenters for re-posting the [in that case, VERY] offensive comments).

Cleaning up after knuckleheads like Elena is probably more additional overhead than Ed needs.

pain train on May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

here you go little girl

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/romney-campaign-releases-with-mitt-iphone-app

now let’s see if you can figure out which is the retarded spelling error and which is the rip off of one of the most famous political slogans of the last century (well, perhaps this is only memorable to people outside America who have a shred of a clue about world affairs)

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Well, thanks for at least making sense of your post, fool. A cheezy iphone app? Who cares? Seriously. Any worse than buying a mug with a pic of Biden on it? I did note the app was free. Maybe I’ll put a pic of my cat with one of the overlays for kicks and giggles. Maybe the one about “not working” since she is so useless. But she is cute. So thanks for that.

And I don’t care about a rip off of a slogan. Are you re-hashing the “Obama isn’t working”? If so you are REALLY late on that one.

One more thing: What does this have to do with abortion? If you have a request for a post on a topic, I believe there is an email address for that. I’ll help you with that before you get banned for thread hijacking. It seems that Ed is not in a good mood today. Wait…. here it is…. “tips@hotair.com” if you think the hosts aren’t covering your preferred topic.

You are most welcome!

PS: Conservative Majority leader Stephen Harper

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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Are you one of those geniuses who think all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions?

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

So Planned Murderhood is telling us the difference from right, and wrong. Bahahahahahaaaa

byteshredder on May 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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Are you one of those geniuses who think all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions?

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

No, but it got you back on topic! Neener.

BTW, thanks for the tip on the app. Just downloaded it and will have to make lots of nifty cat pics. Maybe I can put one with Obama in it saying “Obama isn’t working”.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Planned Parenthood: Protecting women’s health by aborting girl babies!

starboardhelm on May 30, 2012 at 4:23 PM

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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Are you one of those geniuses who think all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions?

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

You’re not one of those Canadians that believes your socialized medicine is better than the pre-obamacare American system, are you?
And, go try and sneak across to Michigan to get a mammogram at Planned Parenthood. They won’t even screen your man boobs, genius.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You know, the Romney’s had five boys, right? So Romney’s family is predominately male. That makes them all sexist, I’m afraid.

starboardhelm on May 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Even when you’re right, you diminish your arguments by sheer arrogance.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Even when you’re right, you diminish your arguments by sheer arrogance.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

A blind squirrel finds his nuts twice a day. In Dave’s case, he cries because they’re so darn small.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Are you one of those geniuses who think all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions?

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Are you one of those dopes who thinks GMC only makes those white, windowless vans guys like you like to drive?

CurtZHP on May 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM

They lie and…..they kill innocent little babies for profit. You gotta love them!

jan3 on May 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Because Planned Parenthood is the only place where you can obtain a breast cancer screening if you’re a woman with limited resources

blammm on May 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

PP doesn’t do mammograms, idiot. The only breast screening they do is the same thing women can do at home for free – look in a mirror and feel them for lumps. They’re purposely misleading people about what they do.

jan3 on May 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Even when you’re right, you diminish your arguments by sheer arrogance.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

In all fairness, I was trolling him a little. But really, to go OT to complain about a dumb app in a PP thread after someone was banned for going OT (although admittedly that was a really irritating OT rather than just silly like Rywall’s) isn’t overly bright so I took the low hanging fruit.

kim roy on May 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Planned Parenthood wants to argue that they have a right to federal funding,

Little by little, we are a citizenry retreating from individual responsibility & hard work. We have instead been brain-washed to believe that government should “do” for us that which is either too difficult, or that which is (incorrectly) regarded as ‘government’s duty’ to provide.

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have”
~ Gerald Ford

Talismen on May 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

tom daschle concerned on May 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

; )

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

(:->)…saw him on the first thread this a.m.

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Are you one of those geniuses who think all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions?

Dave Rywall on May 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Are you one of those geniuses who thinks the providing of abortion services is only objectionable if it’s the only service performed by the clinic in question?

The Schaef on May 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Ummm…except for the fact that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even offer cancer screenings.

Trafalgar on May 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Planned Parenthood does Paps to screen for cervical cancer. Paps are part of a gynecological exam. Planned Parenthood does not provide mammogram services.

talkingpoints on May 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I think it’s ironic that PP is attacking the one “Republican” who is pro choice, who wrote them a personal check and who attended a fundraiser hosted by the producer of the morning after abortion pill… You would think they would be supporting one of their own…

CCRWM on May 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM

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