FLASHBACK: Obama Fundraises For Planned Parenthood – ‘Simple Answer’ on Efforts to Defund It: ‘No’

Penny Starr | July 29, 2015 | 5:35pm EDT
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In 2012, President Barack Obama in a video message to supporters of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Political Action Committee pledged to fight efforts in Congress to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“That’s why last year when Republicans in Congress threatened to shut down the government unless we stopped funding Planned Parenthood, I had a simple answer: ‘No,’” Obama says in the 2-minute video posted on YouTube by PPVotes on March 28, 2012.

“For you and for most Americans protecting women’s health is a mission that stands above politics,” Obama says. “Yet over the past year you’ve had to stand up to politicians who want to deny millions of women the care they rely on and inject themselves into decisions that are best made between a woman and her doctor.”

Obama says in the video that women “are not an interest group” and then credits Planned Parenthood for saving a woman’s life because she got a mammogram. (In fact the organization’s clinics do not provide mammograms, only referrals for that test.)

He also touts women choosing “when to start a family because she could afford contraception.”

Obama says that efforts by politicians to “get rid of Planned Parenthood” is really a way to take away preventive care and leave millions of women “to fend for themselves.”

Obama encourages Planned Parenthood supporters to “value families” and to continue “fighting” for women’s health care.

“We must continue to send the message loud and clear,” Obama says. “If you truly value families you shouldn’t play politics with a woman’s health.

“That’s why I know Planned Parenthood will continue providing care no matter what,” Obama says. “I know you’ll never stop fighting to protect the health care and choices that America’s women deserve.

“As long as I have the privilege of being you president neither will I,” Obama says.

According to its latest annual report, in fiscal year 2014 Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions and received $528.4 million from government grants and reimbursements.

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