Fear. It’s a great motivator. But fear coupled with deception and misstatements can be an even bigger motivator.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund has come out with an ad trying to use fear to prevent people from voting for Mitt Romney. Short statements from Romney and his staff are “interpreted” to let voters know what he really means. The problem is that this is all from Planned Parenthood’s perspective.
When Mitt Romney says, “Planned Parenthood, we are going to get rid of that. “ Romney is saying he’ll deny women the birth control and cancer screenings they depend on.” When Romney says, “Do I believe the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade—Yes,” he’s saying that he will deny women the right to make their own medical decisions.… Because Mitt Romney is out of touch and wrong for women.
It’s interesting that they never mention abortion specifically in this ad. Nope. It’s all about birth control, cancer screening, and women making medical decisions. The issue isn’t whether or not women should be allowed to make their own medical decisions. Women do make their own medical decisions all the time. And if Planned Parenthood were defunded and Roe v. Wade were overturned, women would still be making their own medical decisions. Choosing to let a child live shouldn’t be classified as a “medical decision” in the first place. We are dealing with people, not decisions.
According to Fox News, “[w]ith the latest ad buy, the Obama campaign can allow Planned Parenthood to wage somewhat of a proxy fight over women’s issues and abortion, allowing the president’s reelection team to focus on Romney’s resume.”
Planned Parenthood obviously wants the candidate who shows the most promise of helping Planned Parenthood’s own agenda and goals. That’s why they are dumping $1.4 million into their new video.
Is Romney out of touch and wrong for women as Planned Parenthood claims? Or is he a threat to the Planned Parenthood empire? I believe it’s the latter.