Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

In the face of troubling new revelations by Planned Parenthood, the President on Friday boldly proclaimed his unwavering support for the nation's largest abortion provider. 

It seems supporters of abortion have always meticulously avoided the question of when life begins.  Then candidate Obama, famously claimed in the 2008 presidential election that the question was "above his pay grade."  Despite that, the President inexplicably supports abortion at all stages of pregnancy.  Would he also support target practice on ranges where terrorists may have hidden innocent lives behind the targets?  To even suggest such is absurd.  Yet, he has done nothing to stand in the way of those who target innocent human life behind the wall of the womb, which even he admits may have a human life inside.

In light of that, I suppose the President's support of Planned Parenthood should come as no surprise.   Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood opposed a bill in Florida that would provide medical care for surviving babies of botched abortions.  A Planned Parenthood representative testified before the Florida House that the decision of whether or not to treat such a surviving baby should be a decision, "left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."  As you may know, similar legislation was opposed by then Illinois State Senator Obama in 2001, 2002, and 2003.  Thankfully, the bill in Florida recently passed their House by a unanimous vote, and has been sent to Florida's Senate.

Tragic and graphic evidence of our need for such legislation is on display in the ongoing trial of Abortionist Kermit Gosnell.  Testimony reveals that he "snipped" the necks of numerous babies born alive and flushed their bodies down the toilet.  Interestingly, Planned Parenthood's Southeast Pennsylvania president and CEO Dayle Steinberg, admitted recently that women had complained to Planned Parenthood staff about the conditions in Gosnell's abortion clinic.  Yet, Planned Parenthood apparently did nothing to sound the alarm or demand an investigation of Gosnell.

Undaunted, the President on Friday attended a Planned Parenthood conference and glowingly affirmed, "Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It's not going anywhere today. It's not going anywhere tomorrow. . . . I want you to know that you've also got a President who's going to be right with you fighting every step of the way. Thank you Planned Parenthood.  God bless you."