Schakowsky Protests Romney’s 'Irresponsible' Stance on Planned Parenthood

Democratic representative of Illinois' 9th Congressional District shows up at Romney campaign stop to protest.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s stance on Planned Parenthood was questioned at his first campaign stop in Illinois, when U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky showed up to protest his stance on Planned Parenthood. 

Schakowsky stood outside with a group holding signs that read, “Keep Your Mitt(s) Off Birth Control.”

Schakowsky said she was motivated to come out to protest because of Romney’s recent remarks on Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that,” he told supporters at a campaign stop in Missouri on Wednesday, saying the reduction would be part of his plan to reduce federal debt. Later, Romney told Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times that simply wanted to strip the agency of federal funding, not shut it down altogether. 

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Either way, Schakowsky said Romney’s stance was “irresponsible.”

“In the year 2012, that Mitt Romney would want to make as a signature issue of his campaign, restricting women’s access to health care, is ridiculous,” Schakowsky said.   

Carole Brite, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, said that some three million women around the country rely on Planned Parenthood to provide such services as breast exams, sexually transmitted disease prevention and treatment, birth control and counseling, as well as abortions. 

“Most of the women that come to us, we’re their only health care provider,” Brite said. “A really small percentage of the services we provide are abortion services.” 

Standing opposite the group of protesters, Romney supporters Victoria Koseck of Elk Grove and Diana Alder of Oak Park, said they didn’t see Romney’s stance on Planned Parenthood as a big concern.

“He’s against abortion, except incest and rape, which makes sense to me,” Koseck said. “He will not take away contraception.” 

While Koseck said she was socially conservative, like many Romney fans, she supports the candidate for other reasons. 

“I think he’s the guy who will fix our economy, that’s my No. 1 issue, to cut, cap and balance the budget,” she said. 

Richard Schulte March 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Sully: "Um, Rich? The links are provided for you to read. You don't think I speak truth, so anything I say is wasted on you." Sully, you have such a short attention span, but I will relate the story for you once again-25 years ago I pretty much agreed with you. I was an environmentalist and pro-choice. I belonged to NOW. However, when faced with my wife's pregnancy and the decision whether or not to abort the pregnancy, I realized what the abortion issue was actually all about-a human life. It took another 8 years, but my final conversion to conservatism occurred in October, 1994. There is no need for me to listen to you. I've already been there and done that, but having children changes your point of view about life. I guess you could say I grew up. Conservatism is for mature adults; leftist/progressive thought is for immature adults. Conservatism is compassionate; left/progressive thought is about anything but compassion. Leftist/progressive policies harm those who it seeks to help-for example welfare and food stamps. As for environmentalism, global warming is a hoax. Environmentalism is about fund-raising and making people like Al Gore wealthy. It's just an alternative business model based upon fear. Crook County has a one party political system-Crook County is the ultimate bubble. Anyone who lives in Crook County lives in a bubble. I managed to break out of the group think that occurs in Crook County.
fishman March 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Enjoy the Evanston machine in progress - http://vimeo.com/38502682
Sully March 20, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Of course.
JellyBean1 June 02, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Vicky Kujawa June 02, 2012 at 10:51 AM
The Pill is not healthcare; in fact, The Pill causes much detriment to the health of women.


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