Monday, June 25, 2012


I considered writing a full rebuttal to Campbell Brown's New York Times op-ed entitled "Planned Parenthood's Self-Destructive Behavior," but Kathleen Geier at Washington Monthly has made the points worth making -- Geier notes that Brown is married to a Mitt Romney adviser, Dan Senor, and is thus acting as a campaign surrogate here, a fact that goes unmentioned; Geier also notes that Campbell's shining example of a Republican lawmaker who supposedly deserves Planned Parenthood's backing, Robert Dold of Ilinois, is actually not much of a supporter of reproductive rights all:
... that label is completely misleading. In 2010, Dold was back by the anti-choice Right to Life PAC; among other things, Dold
opposes government assistance for women who cannot afford abortions, he supports the ban on late-term abortions, he supports parental involvement laws, and he supports the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (which requires that a script be read to women before an abortion). Dold also supported the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which would have resulted in women losing health benefits related to abortions that they have today.
In fact, Dold is so anti-choice that in 2010 he actually won the endorsement of Phyllis Schlafly's far-right Eagle Forum. At Dold's request, however, they rescinded the endorsement.
In fact, Dold's most recent rating from the National Right to Life Committee was higher than his ratings from NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

Want more details? There's
his "yes" vote for the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 that would have reinstated the Washington, D.C. abortion ban, eliminated the Title X program and defunded Planned Parenthood, among other stipulations.

The bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the measure was not enacted.

The Title X program provides federal money to clinics and other service providers that offer comprehensive family-planning access to low-income families....

By law, the money is not to be used for abortions. Instead, money can be used for contraception, STD and HIV testing and breast and cervical cancer screenings, among other things.
Dold's "yes" vote for H.R. 358, or the "Protect Life Act," which passed in the House in October of 2011.

The act, which opponents called the "Let Women Die" bill, would have allowed federally-funded hospitals to refuse to perform abortions if they do not agree with the procedure -- even if a woman could die without the procedure.
This is Brown's great reproductive-rights hero? A guy who's looking at a tough reelection fight and cynically moving to the left for political gain? Why on earth should Planned Parenthood support such a candidate, who'll get no backup in his party for this opportunistic change of heart on reproductive rights, and whose party, if it keeps its House majority and gains the White House and/or a Senate majority, will continue its relentless assault on Planned Parenthood's top priorities?

Take your concern trollery somewhere else, Ms. Brown.

This was a ridiculous op-ed.


Victor said...

I'm starting to see that the first cuts at newspapers must have been the editors.

How does someone at the paper let the wife of a top Romney aid troll the NY Times like that?
At least without mentioning it?

And what unique perspective did Campbell Brown bring to the conversation?
It was all tired talking points, and pointing to some obvious misogynistic Congressman and asking why PP isn't supporting him?

Why, Campbell?
'Cause the people at PP are a lot smarter than the chickens that support Col. Sanders' right to make them "Regular," or "Extra-crispy!"

NO MORE Op-eds from her, NY Times!
She's already "punked you" feckin' assholes twice in the last couple of months.

Never Ben Better said...

Oh, c'mon, Victor, don't be silly. She's a well-known TV commentator and a member of the Village. She's not some random peon like you or me; she's Important. AND she's saying what the media overlords want said. Of course she gets prime territory to say it!

Whaddaya think the NY Times is, anyway -- some news reporting rag that's looking for the truth or something? Where's the profit in that?

Victor said...

How true, how true...

WTF was I thinking?