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New Radio Ad Shows Mitt Romney “Completely Wrong” For Women

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 10.16.12

New Radio Ad from Planned Parenthood Votes Shows Mitt Romney “Completely Wrong” For Women

Part of Largest Ever Campaign to Educate Voters about the Stark Difference Between President Obama and Mitt Romney on Issues Important to Women’s Health

You can listed to the radio ad here

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood Votes released a new radio ad in Virginia and Ohio today as part of the organization’s largest ever campaign to educate voters about Mitt Romney’s dangerous and out-of-touch agenda for women. The radio ad “Completely Wrong” highlights Mitt Romney’s renewed promise last week to “immediately” get rid of federal funding for Planned Parenthood and his commitment to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would end access to safe and legal abortion. At last week’s vice presidential debate, Paul Ryan received his lowest rating from a CNN focus group for his answer on abortion outlining the Romney/Ryan belief that politicians should determine a woman’s personal health decisions.

You can listen to the 60-second radio ad here.

The ad highlights the stark difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney on issues of importance to women, saying “Mitt Romney will put critical health care for women and families at risk and will let politicians interfere in your most private medical decisions.  President Obama trusts women and knows the health care challenges families face….”

A $578,000 investment, the radio ad buy targets women voters and spans two weeks — airing on northern Virginia radio stations and in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio.

Planned Parenthood Votes also announced today that it will put an additional $250,000 behind its existing $800,000 TV buy in Colorado — bringing the group’s total spending on Denver TV airwaves to over a million dollars.

With less than a month before Election Day, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Votes, and Planned Parenthood advocacy organizations across the country are mobilizing in record numbers to educate voters about how much is at stake for women, women’s health and women’s economic security this November. This past Saturday and Sunday, Planned Parenthood advocacy organizations and supporters across the country participated in a national weekend of action, to turn out voter support for pro-women’s health candidates up and down the ballot. Participants talked with voters about how much is at stake this election cycle, and about the importance of the women’s vote. They also handed out information about the Planned Parenthood Action Fund online Voter Guide — a new tool designed to help educate voters about where candidates stand on pivotal women’s health issues.

“Mitt Romney is completely out of touch with the concerns of women and families across America. Just last week, he renewed his pledge to ‘immediately’ defund Planned Parenthood — cutting millions of women off from preventive health services like cancer screenings and birth control — and Paul Ryan once again confirmed that if elected, they will work to end access to safe and legal abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.  “Politics has no place in a woman’s personal medical decisions.  Women voters believe that, and in November their votes will reflect it.”

President Obama understands the health and economic challenges women face — and has fought to address them by expanding health care for women, including access to birth control and cancer screenings without a co-pay; fighting for equal pay for women; and standing up to protect a woman’s ability to make her own personal medical decisions.

The Romney/Ryan administration would:

  • Overturn Roe v. Wade and end safe/legal abortion.
    • The president holds sway over what abortion rights look like. According to the Washington Post, “The Supreme Court is certainly the only body that can overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. But that does not mean the president does not hold sway over what abortion rights look like in a wide variety of ways,” such as regulating Medicaid, passing federal abortion regulations, and appointing Supreme Court judges.
  • “Get rid” of Planned Parenthood, which would deny women access to birth control and cancer screenings.
    • Federal funds cannot fund abortion services at Planned Parenthood health centers. In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funding for abortion under the Medicaid program. The only exceptions are in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the woman.
  • End the nation’s family planning program, which provides preventive care to nearly five million women, and cut off access to birth control for women who need it the most.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act, undoing the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation, and cut off millions of women from no co-pay birth control and other preventive health services.

The Ad script is reads:
VO: When Mitt Romney says, "I was a severely conservative Republican governor." He means it.
VO: Here's what Romney said: "The actions I'll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood."
VO: That’s cancer screenings and birth control for millions of women that Romney is vowing to take away.
VO: And, when asked about safe, legal abortion, Romney says, "Do I believe Supreme Court should overturn
Roe v. Wade? Yes."
VO: Mitt Romney will put critical health care for women and families at risk and will let politicians interfere in your most private, personal medical decisions.
VO: President Obama trusts women and knows the health care challenges families face.
VO: Under Obama insurance companies cover birth control costs and can't charge women more than men for health insurance. Those are cost savings that really make a difference.
DISCLAIMER: Planned Parenthood Votes is responsible for the content of this advertising because Mitt Romney is wrong for women's health. Paid for by Planned Parenthood Votes, 202-973-4800. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.