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Planned Parenthood Takes Aim at McCain, Palin

Tim Craig

Planned Parenthood will start running a television ad tomorrow in Northern Virginia that takes aim at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for their alleged views on providing assistance to rape victims.

In the ad, titled "heartless," a rape victim says Wasilla Alaska made women pay for rape testing exams when Palin was mayor. The ad, which will also air in Wisconsin and Missouri, also criticizes McCain for voting against the Violence Against Women Act in Congress.

"The McCain-Palin ticket is dangerously out of touch when it comes to women's rights and women's health care," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, called the ad a "vicious smear" against McCain and Palin.

"This ad is patently false and represents the worst kind of politics," Diaz said. "What Barack Obama and his most extreme allies fail to understand is that Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin have demonstrated strong leadership on the critical issues confronting the nation."

By Tim Craig  |  October 1, 2008; 1:58 PM ET
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Hooray. Great ad.

Posted by: cbr | October 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

While researching having to pay for the rape kits in Wasilla I found Gov. Palin did not initiate the practice nor was she was she the one who ended it. It is not even know if Gov. Palin knew the policy existed. Wasilla was not the only town that had this practice which came to an end when Gov. Knowles became aware of this. Research shows that Wasilla would bill the insurance company for the kits. I did not find any information that Gov. Palin was against Gov. Knowles changing the policy for the whole state.

It is true that John McCain voted against the Violence Against Women Act. I have read about the bill and I am for it but I don’t know if anything else was attached to it. John McCain can answer his reasons for not supporting it not some add. I do know that the ACLU did not support the bill either. Their concerns were about due process, rash penalties, suggesting that pretrial detention was “repugnant “ to the US Constitution and that HIV tests done on those charged but not convicted infringed on the “right to privacy.” The UCLA felt that the reauthorization of VAMA was appropriate if the unconstitutional DNA provision were removed. We won’t know if any of this reasoning applied to McCain’s decision but I’m sure that can be cleared up.

I am a liberal Democrat and a woman. I believe the woman in me knows this needs to be addressed and maybe the liberal in me wonders if we are taking in account everyone’s right. One thing I do know about women is that we get 77 cents to the dollar every man gets. I am deeply upset when I hear Obama talk about how McCain doesn’t get it about women. He does this in his adds while at the same time only paying the female employees that work for him 83 cents to the dollar to every dollar a man makes. McCain on the other hand pays $1.04 to his female employees to every dollar his male employees make. Obama loves to say in his soaring rhetoric that he wants his two daughters to be paid the same as everyone’s sons are. I guess since these earning facts are true for each candidate it looks like his daughters are better off working for John McCain than their father.

Posted by: Julie | October 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This ad is cmopletely false.

The Planned Parenthood ad attributes the McCain allegation to a vote on August 25, 1994 on a crime bill that included the Violence Against Women Act. The measure included a provision that required states to provide free forensic exams for rape victims.

Planned Parenthood's logic is that because McCain opposed that bill, he voted to let governments charge victims for their rape kits. That's false.

McCain voted that day against a conference report on the crime bill, but he opposed it not because of the Violence Against Women provisions, but because it included extra spending that McCain considered unrelated to crime.

McCain supported the original bill including the Violence Against Women Act and has also supported the VAWA on reauthorization votes.

He even introduced his own measure in 2005 to provide protections for Indian women.

At that time, McCain praised the legislation, saying, "The 1994 Violence Against Women Act has had a tremendous impact on raising the national awareness of domestic violence and providing communities, including Indian tribes, the resources to respond to the devastating impact of domestic violence."

See for more information on this.

Posted by: Steven Ertelt | October 2, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for showing the flip side of this bogus 'ad' by Planned Parenthood. The 'victim' wasn't even raped in Wasilla, let alone Alaska.

This ad has been labeled as misleading and false by politifact

In addition, the city of Wasilla did not bill rape victims for exams while Palin was Mayor.

A review of files and case reports within the Wasilla Police Department has found no record of sexual assault victims billed for forensic exams

Posted by: huh? | October 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

There is ample proof. Palin apologists love to rant about there being no records found where Wasilla billed victims, there have been no records found documenting Palin's support of the practice, there are no records found documenting that Sarah instigated the practice.

This is a small town and everything occured several years ago. Records get lost and sometimes misplaced for other reasons. We know that Wasilla PD was paying for the rape exams. When Palin became Mayor, Palin repaced the old chief with a new one, by name of Fannon.

We also know that Fannon stopped paying for rape exams. Most importantly, Palin has never said what she knew of this change in policy, if she supported that policy, opposed it, or whatever.

Palin's silence, under the circumstances, is the most damning admission.

Posted by: FactFinder44 | October 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Julie - where did you conjure your facts from? There are hundreds of paid staffers on the campaign located in nearly every state. How is it you have such statistics at your finger tips? Sounds oddly suspicious to me.

Posted by: Jim | October 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: J | October 2, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Disgusting Ad...A bunch of lies... that have been disproven

I will start up my Obama is a muslim ad because there's some documents on this...

These are part of the reasons why I hate politics.

Posted by: Tim | October 3, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Finally the TRUTH about Sarah Palin.
google Sarah Palin and animals,this woman has NO compassion.

Posted by: Pamela | October 6, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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