Quote from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

 

“Today, Donald Trump met with some of the most radical anti-abortion extremists in the country — people who openly harass and vilify women and doctors simply for accessing or providing safe, legal health care. Trump has already made it clear that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, and has said he believes women should be punished for accessing abortion. Trump and these extremists share the same dangerous and deeply unpopular goals: banning abortion and blocking patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Let this be a chilling reminder that Donald Trump has no regard for women’s lives or health, and he would enact dangerous policies that threaten the well-being of millions of people.”

 

Advertised attendees at the event include:

 

  • Lila Rose is the founder of Live Action, a group devoted to harassment ohealthcarproviders.Shhas called for abortions to be “done in the public square” to shame and humiliate women who seek abortion care.

  • Ken Cuccinelli cosponsored a bill to ban abortion and several types of birth control when he served in the Virginia Senate.

  • Pat Robertson seemed to support Donald Trump’s statement that women should be punished for having abortions, and has attributed natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and a drop in the stock market to "the judgment of God" for funding Planned Parenthood and supporting reproductive health care services to women.

  • E.W. Jackson, 2013 candidate for Virginia lieutenant governor, said Planned Parenthood is worse than the KKK.

  • Ralph Reed worked with the extremist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue to organize countless protests at health centers and was once arrested and removed from a health center he routinely harassed.   

  • Gary Bauer has called for banning abortion and is a signatory to the “Manhattan Declaration,” which encourages evangelicals and other Christians to refuse to acknowledge laws protecting abortion and marriage equality.

  • Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women of America, has compared abortion to the Holocaust.

  • Ken Blackwell, a fellow at the right-wing Family Research Council, wrote an op-ed for an anti-abortion site, calling Planned Parenthood the “moral descendants of Nazi Dr. Mengele.”