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Planned Parenthood Action Fund: Walsh’s Ignorance Would Become Law Under Romney

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

For Immediate Release: 10.19.12

WASHINGTON – Following alarming and erroneous comments made last night by Representative Joe Walsh that there should be no abortion exception for the life or health of the mother because "with modern technology and science, you can't find one instance" where a woman’s life or health would be in danger without the option to end a pregnancy, Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the following statement from Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens:

“Joe Walsh’s ignorance about women’s health is alarming.  It is deeply troubling that he and some politicians have such a fundamental disregard for women and women’s health.  As the advocate for Planned Parenthood health centers, we know that ending a pregnancy can often be a very complex, personal decision and that there are absolutely times that a woman’s life depends on it.    

“If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are elected, these ignorant statements will be more than words – they would become law.  Joe Walsh and the Tea Party Congress are ready to completely ban abortion, and Mitt Romney has said that he ‘would be delighted’ to sign an abortion ban into law. The Romney/Ryan ticket has promised that they would put women’s personal medical decisions in the hands of politicians like Joe Walsh and Todd Akin.”

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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.