The Planned Parenthood PAC launched a new initiative aimed to put Republican candidates and elected officials on notice for issues regarding women’s health.
The initiative, called “Women are Watching,” held a rally on Monday in West Chester.
Among those in attendance were state House candidates Bret Binder (D-Chester), Beth Alois (D-Delaware), Paul Drucker (D-Chester) and Mike Hays (D-Chester) along with 100 prospective voters.
They all rallied against Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Rep. Dan Truitt (R-Chester) – who is also Binder’s opponent in HD-156 – for their stances on women’s health this election.
“Politicians who would defund Planned Parenthood as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have both pledged to do would deny millions of women access to birth control and cancer screenings,” said Dayle Steinberg, of Planned Parenthood PA PAC. “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan clearly don’t understand that women and families will be directly hurt by their out-of-touch views.”
The West Chester stop was the third stop of the 17-day initiative nationwide. Planned Parenthood volunteers will also be canvassing 30,000 Republican and Independent women voters through the mail, door-to-door, and by phone.
A nationwide “Women Are Watching” tour will roll through swing states and make stops at the RNC and DNC. They plan to turn out a quarter of a million supporters.
Given Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s recent comments on “legitimate rape,” and women’s bodies’ ability to somehow block unwanted pregnancies, the initiative will no doubt be plugging forward full steam ahead over these next 11 weeks.
The Obama campaign threw their hat in the ring on the issue of today, criticizing Ryan for an “extreme record” on women’s health.
They cited a radio interview with KDKA’s Jon Delano as the proof that Ryan’s values are not far off from Akin’s when it comes to the issue.
“As a Republican leader in the House, Paul Ryan worked with Todd Akin to try to narrow the definition of rape and outlaw abortion even for rape victims,” said Desiree Peterkin Bell, senior adviser for Obama Communications in Pennsylvania.
“He may hope that American women never learn about this record, but they deserve an answer to why he wanted to redefine rape and remove protections for rape victims. Labeling these critical issues of women’s health as ‘distractions’ and refusing to answer whether he believes rape victims need to be protected, as he did yesterday in an interview in Pittsburgh, is a great disservice to women across America.”
Mitt Romney went on record to denounce Akin’s statements, saying “His fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.”