Has Planned Parenthood Become a Political Liability for President Obama?

Originally published on Newsreal Blog. 

Interesting. When faced with video-taped evidence that Planned Parenthood (PP) has more compassion for pedophiles, child traffickers, and pimps than their victims, did President Obama damn his longstanding political inamorata with faint apologia?

Obama was quizzed about the controversy surrounding PP during an interview last Thursday.

After Live Action Films and Lila Rose exposed unethical and immoral behavior among Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation. Her group has released videos from recent sting operations in New Jersey, Virginia and New York.

President Obama was asked in an interview about Congress recently voting for Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment to deny funding to Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood sting. Obama called these incidents “manufactured” and distractions.

“Manufactured” I suppose, in the sense that flipping on a light at midnight in a Panama City flophouse “manufactures” cockroaches.

Nevertheless, pro-life blogger, Jill Stanek, believes Obama’s remarks signaled a new coolness in his attitude toward PP.

But Obama did nothing to reassure PP beyond that. In fact, he only distanced himself from the sex trafficking sanctuary.

Obama 1st noted that any “specific problem… should be addressed.” Slap.

But his most intriguing statement was, “I think that Planned Parenthood in the past has done good work.”

If Obama were still fully behind PP he would have said, “I think that Planned Parenthood does good work.”

But Obama did nothing to reassure PP beyond that. In fact, he only distanced himself from the sex trafficking sanctuary.

Also, on the eve of Congress’ vote to pull PP’s federal funds, Obama chose to talk about budget problems and the need to reduce spending causing Stanek to speculate: “Wouldn’t that be making the GOP’s case to defund?”

Wouldn’t it indeed? I’m having a vision of PP president, Cecile Richards, standing on a trap door in the Oval Office, as the presidential thumb hovers over a button labeled “Political Liabilities.” Could it be that Rev. Jeremiah Wright is making room for one more on Obama’s Island of Discarded Political Expedients?

Even before LiveAction’s latest videotaped exposure of Planned Parenthood’s putrescent underbelly, polls revealed that voters were unhappy about dumping $317 million into their coffers every year.

· A Quinnipiac University poll from January 2010, revealing that 67% of Americans are opposed to allowing public funds to pay for abortion through health care.

· A 2010 Zogby/O’Leary poll found that 76% of Americans said that federal funds should never pay for abortion or should pay only to save the life of the mother.

· A September 2009 International Communications Research poll asked, “If the choice were up to you, would you want your own insurance policy to include abortion,” to which 68% of respondents answered “no” and only 24% answered “yes.”

If Stanek is right, it won’t be the first time that public opinion has fractured a passionate political love affair. With the latest onslaught of grainy video proof that PP aids and shelters child sex predators, it’s not likely any more orchid corsages and invitations to the prom will be forthcoming from an administration with poll problems of its own.

Not that PP wouldn’t eagerly join the anti-war, anti-Patriot Act, anti-Gitmo, pro-single-payer, high-tax lefties already languishing under the Obama bus, if that’s what it takes to secure a second term and job security for their powerful friends in the highest pinnacles of the Executive and Judicial branches. It is a known tactic for leftist factions to collude in the dark and then scatter when their deeds are exposed to the light.

It would be naïve to believe Obama’s new coolness toward PP has more to do with concern for abused and exploited children than poll numbers and the 2012 election. Our president has repeatedly demonstrated his disdain for the helpless and voiceless among us. He is a notorious apologist for infanticide who just weeks ago declared that Roe v Wade’s 50 million death toll “affirms a fundamental” American “principle.”

Moreover, in 2007 – when a PP endorsement was still politically valuable – Candidate Obama proclaimed an enthusiastic vision of their political collaboration and shared goals.

But this is more than just about standing our ground. It must be about more than protecting the gains of the past. We’re at a crossroads right now in America – and we have to move this country forward. This election is not just about playing defense, it’s also about playing offense.

What a difference a few years and a few intrepid pro-lifers can make. The enthusiasm is clearly gone when the only defense Obama can muster is a few anemic words about the “good” things in PP’s past.

Does that include your support, Mr. President?

UPDATE: Since this was originally published, Obama announced that he would veto any spending bill that de-funds Planned Parenthood. 

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