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Planned Parenthood criticizes McDonnell's comments

Anita Kumar

Planned Parenthood is protesting Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell's statement this week on Laura Ingraham's conservative radio show that he would veto any attempts to use tax dollars to fund their organization.

Ingraham asked McDonnell: "Can you promise that as governor you'll use the veto pen to ensure that Virginians' tax dollars are not used to fund Planned Parenthood or abortion?"

McDonnell responded: "Yeah, I've said that I would do that. We shouldn't be doing that in Virginia...That's common sense...That'll be part of what we'll get done."

Planned Parenthood, which serves 30,000 women in the state a year, is eligible for state money, but does currently not receive any. (In 2008 and 2009, attempts to make Planned Parenthood ineligible for funding were killed in the General Assembly.) But a change could mean the organization's clinics would not be reimbursed for providing healthcare to patients who receive Medicaid, a state-run program.

"The fact is Bob McDonnell is out of step and out of touch with voters and the wrong choice for Virginia,'' said Jessica Honke, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. "As governor, he will continue the anti-choice and anti-women's health policies he's pushed since his first day in public office."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia endorsed McDonnell's opponent, Democrat Creigh Deeds.

Didn't know McDonnell would be on the radio show? Neither did we. Unlike other McDonnell's national media interviews, his campaign did not release this one. Campaign officials say they never release radio interviews.

Listen to the full interview below:

"This partisan organization has invested heavily in a negative campaign against Bob McDonnell,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman. "With polls showing Virginians rejecting their divisive efforts, they have become more desperate in their attacks. Bob McDonnell, like all Virginians, is concerned about government spending, and he does not support taxpayer funding for abortions."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 30, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Send the tab to George Soros, Honke. The way he shorts the dollar, he's flush with cash right now..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 30, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is christian taliban, willing to (at the very least) lie freely in order to be in a position to use his office to push his reactionary agenda.
This is a very, very dangerous man, people; get out and vote and he can be stopped before he can damage our state!

Posted by: jeffc6578 | October 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

So on the one hand Bob McDonnell respects women, just listen to his campaign ads. But then he's unwilling to show his stripes have changed since writing the much talked about university paper by saying yes to funding Planned Parenthood. Sounds like he's lying and really still does believe what he wrote, in which case he's an extremely dangerous person to have as governor.

Posted by: PGR1 | October 30, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope this gets on the radio and TV in every part of Virginia. Virginia is not the place Bob McDonnell thinks it is. Doug Wilder won statewide many years ago on a pro-choice platform. The nation and the commonwealth have only moved more strongly to that position in the years since then. We support a woman's right to choose.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 30, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey fairfaxvoter..get a EFN clue!! A woman in Virginia has the right to CHOOSE. This is about MY tax dollars NOT paying for her CHOICE. SHE makes the CHOICE...SHE PAYS for it!! Very simple

Posted by: maddogjts | October 30, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice work Governor-elect McDonnell!

Posted by: alan8228 | October 30, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

At this point, the Compost needs to come up with tape of McDonnell actually performing an abortion for Deeds to win. Though like Obama's visit, that would more than likely give him another bump in the polls..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 30, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"The nation and the commonwealth have only moved more strongly to that position in the years since then."





Typical liberals. They love to "speak for everyone" while remaining blissfully oblivious to the fact voters oppose them on nearly every issue.

Posted by: Libertas | October 30, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Good for you McDonnell. If I still lived in VA you'd have my vote.

Posted by: clancrs | October 30, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Booby McDonnell represents the last gasp of inbred rightwingnut Virginians.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 30, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Internal polls from both camps show the republican slate WIDENING their lead. Turn out the lights, this party is way, way, way, way over. If Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap had any chance, the Washington Pimp would have put this on their front page. They're just going through the motions now. Taking the Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap talking points and putting them inside the Metro section to placate the dims. Watch republicans pick up 5 to 8 more GA seats. Victory. Sweet conservative victory.

Posted by: george69isatrannie | October 30, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Yet another example of how the right wing twists things - Planned Parenthood's main purpose is to help low income women with their yearly exams and birth control. This is what they are asking to be paid for, NOT ABORTIONS. Are you saying poor women shouldn't have access to affordable health care?

Posted by: tricia_will | October 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Libertas! If you'd actually READ all of that Gallup poll you list you'd see that by almost a 4 to 1 margin--76% to 22%--people want to keep abortion legal in any (23%) or certain (53%) circumstances. Only 22% of American want abortion to be illegal under all circumstances. Do try telling the truth.

Posted by: commonsense101 | October 30, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And to the poster who doesn't want to pay for a woman's choice - you're paying for it anyway! Who do you think gets food stamps, unemployment, government subsidies, Head Start programs etc? Poor women who have children they can't afford. And let's not even get into the number of them who end up in prison . . .another cost you're paying.

Posted by: tricia_will | October 30, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Typical liberals. They love to "speak for everyone" while remaining blissfully oblivious to the fact voters oppose them on nearly every issue."

What a buffoon. First, as commonsense101 pointed out, the numbers you purport to cite are a DIFFERENT question than the original point--who is pro-choice and who isn't. The fact remains, and the original commenter is correct, that the number of people who are pro-choice has grown steadily over decades--this doesn't equate to whether people support tax dollars to organizations that are wrongly labeled "abortion" groups. Planned Parenthood, as others have pointed out, is about a lot more than abortion--it's about women's health care, and as the name implies, FAMILY PLANNING!

I guess the "conservative" (another misnomer) mantra on family values means only those families that fit the mold they wish to usual.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's another number for you lefties: McDonnell up by at least 11% (these are Compost numbers so it's probably more like 18%). Who's your Daddy? (most of you can't answer that, which is why you're lefties in the first place) This Conservative victory over the Compost (and Deeds) is going to be so sweet..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 30, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

abortion is the reason we have to import labor from india and other parts...
it's time for Americans to reproduce...
it's time for Americans to keep their country...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 30, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

it's not about abortion...
it's about the economy and JOBS...
and guess what...
deeds loses...
imagine that...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 30, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

He's SO out of touch with voters that he's got a double digit lead in many prognostications. It's over Johnny. Time for both sides to start their strategery about how to deal with it.

Note also how the question is phrased. The CONTEXT is abortion and not the other stuff PP does even if it got twisted into the discussion.

Posted by: NovaMike | October 30, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Of course McDonnell is lying when he says his views have softened, changed, or otherwise evolved.

That's the whole strategy of the Robertson-Falwell-Dobson crowd. Get into government by being something else, like a "jobs governor", and once elected, put up barriers to abortion, cut welfare, focus on definitions of marriage, obstruct efforts to lessen discrimination against gays, cut back on sex ed, restrict availability of contraception, promote Christianity from government, etc.

They do it because they know it's successful. As we can see from the poll data. People say "no, he couldn't be like that thesis, it's impossible for such a nice-looking man with nice daughters and wife to be like that anymore."

Trick or treat!

Posted by: hitpoints | October 30, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

And hitpoints NAILS IT!



Take it to the bank--Dems ROMP in 2011 legislative elections after Virignia government's rapid descension into mismanagement, mayhem, and stringent cuts to education that pisses off suburban voters in Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, Spotsy, Henrico, and Chesapeake!

Unprecedented House gains for Dems in 2011!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I support Planned Parenthood and, while McDonnell may not be in agreement with me, this is but one issue and never should be the governing one. I will vote for McDonnell because I think that he is a leader, while Deeds wants to appear to be all things to all people. Deeds' idea of creating committees to study tough issues is his way of having no personal conviction. But I will say that I voted in the primary for Deeds over the carbetbagger McAuliffe.

Posted by: JohnRice | October 30, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is going to CLEAN DEED'S CLOCK on election night.

Let me help you liberals with the news forecast:::

7:00:01p - Polls Closed - News wire reports the Virginia election has been called and McDonnell is declared the Winner with 0% reporting. lol

Posted by: AlbyVA | October 30, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

hey maddogjts--- do you have heath insurance? if so your paying for other peoples abortions

Posted by: jmfromdc | October 30, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know why the previous commenter thinks Mr McDonnell is a leader. All I see of Mr McDonnell is more of the worst of Virginia's shortsightedness in economic development, a slick and utterly cynical marketing campaign, and a danger to women and children throughout the state. I'm not comfortable with Mr Deeds either, but I would NEVER cast my vote for a liar like McDonnell.

Posted by: jody43jody | October 30, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is a social conservative, thus showing his intolerance with his committment to that intolerant ideology. Moderate people who support McDonnell have failed to notice the real McDonnell, the one who will ensure that Planned Parenthood is not financed. Since McDonnell is confident with his lead against Deeds, he's showing his intolerant side.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | October 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

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