Imagine the dire straits Planned Parenthood would find itself in today without Obama fending off its attackers these past three years. Planned Parenthood’s fortunes rest on Barack Obama. And vice versa. From the Boston Globe, March 27:
Democrats say Obama must win the women’s vote by a sizable margin, if he has any hope of serving a second term. He won women by 13 points over John McCain in 2008. But in 2010, when Republicans seized control of the House, Democrats lost support from women by 1 point. It was the first time in 37 years that the party did not carry women voters in a national election….
“It’s the ultimate battleground,’’ Lake said. “Independent women will be who determines this election.’’
To underscore the gravity of their plights, Obama has made a promotion video for Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
The first question that popped into my mind was whether it is legal for a sitting president to shoot an official (tagline at the end, “www.WHITEHOUSE.gov”) advocacy video for a political advocacy/fundraising group in the White House (Red Room – which looks pink – clever).
But I expect they dotted their i’s and crossed their t’s. It still smells, though. President Bush could never have gotten away with making an advocacy video for FRC Action from the Blue Room.
As for the fact that PP is the United States’ largest abortion provider, and that’s what’s really at stake here, Obama would only speak to that particular service in code, decrying those would deny women “decisions that are best made between a woman and her doctor.” About what else could that refer? Certainly not everyday gynecological needs. “We need to talk through the ramifications of your having a breast exam”? No.
But that’s what Obama moved on to give as examples, including “the woman with a new lease on life because a mammogram caught her cancer.” Wait, women can get mammograms at PP? Wrong. As Students for Life points out, President Obama apparently hasn’t gotten that memo. Although surely he has. Consider who undoubtedly wrote his script – PP. Sneaky.