Obama Camp: Romney’s a Monster Who Would Defund Planned Parenthood

by Katrina Trinko

Because Americans aren’t distraught over the prospect of Big Bird facing life sans government checks, the Obama campaign has shifted gears, releasing a new ad today that focuses on the fact that Romney wants to end government funding of Planned Parenthood:

Narrator: “As you’re making your decision … maybe you’re wondering what to believe about Mitt Romney. Well, when it comes to protecting your access to birth control…  and the basic women’s health care services Planned Parenthood provides …  one thing we must remember, is this:”

Romney: “I’ll cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.”

Narrator: “He’ll cut it off.  Cut us off.”

Romney: “Planned Parenthood.  We’re going to get rid of that.”

Narrator: “Women need to know…the real Mitt Romney.”

First, it’s worth noting that “your access to birth control” will not be destroyed by how Planned Parenthood is doing, which is certainly not the exclusive provider of contraceptive services. (For instance, as Charles documented in February, free condoms can be found all over New York City, including at a Kenneth Cole clothing store.) 

Second, regardless of one’s beliefs about contraception, we all agree there are plenty of things that no matter how good, the government ought not to fund. In 2011, Planned Parenthood received $487 million from the federal government, which constituted slightly less than half of its revenue.  Some of that revenue is going to generous salaries for its top employees who, like the Sesame Street crew, are not exactly living on the financial edge:

Cecile Richards, president — $382,687

Maryana Iskander, CEO — $299,068

Lisa David, senior vice president for health services support — $253,255

Vanessa Cullins, vice president of medical affairs –$244,020

Karen Ruffatto, vice president of operations — $231,138

Maria Acosta, CFO — $227,668

Jon Gossett, chief development officer –$216,716

(from Planned Parenthood’s 2011 tax forms)

This is not about access to birth control, but whether a large organization should continue being funded by taxpayer dollars as opposed to donations from private individuals and organizations.

Watch the ad:

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