Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

TO:  Interested Parties

DATE:  November 19, 2011

RE: Romney Can Skip Family Leader Forum; Can’t Hide His Extreme Record on Women’s Health #runandhideromney

At the Family Leader’s Thanksgiving Family Forum later today, the GOP presidential candidates in attendance will tout their out-of-the-mainstream record on women’s health.  

Even though Mitt Romney won’t be there, make no mistake, he is just as extreme on women’s health as his fellow GOP presidential candidates.

Romney, like the other GOP presidential candidates, supports:

*barring Planned Parenthood health centers from providing preventive health care through federal programs

*overturning Roe v. Wade

*attacking family planning programs

That’s why the Planned Parenthood Action Fund will be using the hashtag #runandhideromney during the forum:  to remind the public that Romney can’t hide from his out-of-touch record by skipping this conservative forum.

It was just two weeks ago that voters in Mississippi defeated a “personhood” amendment by a double-digit margin, sending a strong message that even in a conservative Southern state, voters don’t want politicians to play politics with women’s health.

In an effort to highlight these critical health issues the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has launched Women are Watching, its campaign to educate, engage, and activate supporters across the country for the 2012 elections.

The campaign’s website: http://www.womenarewatching.org/ showcases women’s health “Chumps,” drawing attention to Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and others for their dangerous positions on women’s health.


“The GOP presidential candidates are way out of the mainstream when it comes to women’s health,” says Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Their proposal to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from providing preventive health care means they support cutting off access to birth control, cancer screenings, and annual exams for millions of women.”


While the GOP presidential candidates attack women’s health, it is important to remember it is not only bad policy, undermining access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care, it is bad politics, even for Republicans.

The simple fact is that attacking women's health is bad general election politics for he GOP presidential candidates because it is out of sync with the position of key voting groups needed to win the presidency — including women voters, young voters, and moderate voters.

Republican strategist Mark McKinnon:  Planned Parenthood litmus test "send[s] a terrible message to independent voters the GOP needs in order to win." Politico reports, "The idea of Planned Parenthood's funding as a Republican litmus test does not sit well with all of the party's strategists, some of whom worry it will drive away the exact constituencies that the party needs to win in 2012. 'It would send a terrible message to independent voters the GOP needs in order to win,' said Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to John McCain, now at Public Strategies." [Politico, 6/8/11]

Polls show young and female voters, who are critical to the 2012 elections, support Planned Parenthood by a strong majority. Public polls by Gallup, CNN, NBC/Wall Street Journal and Quinnipiac University show majority support for Planned Parenthood and solid opposition to congressional attacks on Planned Parenthood.

  • CNN poll:  65 percent of voters “think the federal government should continue to provide funding to Planned Parenthood.” This includes 68 percent of women and 58 percent of independents. [CNN.com, 4/11/11]
  • Quinnipiac poll:  Voters opposed “cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood” by a margin of 53 percent to 43 percent.  Opposition was even stronger among 18- to 34-year-olds (66 percent) and self-described moderates (60 percent). [Quinnipiac University, 3/3/2011]
  • NBC/WSJ poll:  53 percent of respondents — and 60 percent of 18- to 49-year-old women — found it “mostly or totally unacceptable” to “eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood for family planning and preventive health services.” [NBC/Wall Street Journal, 03/03/2011]

Polls consistently show strong majority support forRoe v. Wade.  A 2009 (most recent available) CBS News/New York Timespoll shows 64 percent of adults oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.  A 2009 CNN/Opinion Research poll shows 68 percent of adults oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.