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October 03, 2012 10:25 PM UTC

Hickenlooper sticks his neck out on a liberal Democratic issue:Planned Parenthood

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Hickenlooper dings Romney at Planned Parenthood rally

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, never one to identify himself too closely with controversial or partisan causes, gave a short speech defending a woman’s right to choose Tuesday afternoon at a rally organized by Planned Parenthood ahead of Wednesday night’s first presidential debate here.

A late addition to the slate of speakers at the group’s “Ask Mitt” rally on the Auraria Campus, Hickenlooper criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who stated earlier this year that he wanted to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.

“I imagine when Mitt Romney comes back and looks at some of the positions he’s taken in this campaign, he’s going to have a hard time rationalizing that with pretty much everything he’s spoken and stood for for the rest of his life,” Hickenlooper said…

Hickenlooper…began his speech describing his mom, an ardent supporter of women’s rights.

“My mother raised four kids by herself and she was very focused on her household, but also focused on what kind of a world was out there for us,” Hickenlooper said.

“There wasn’t a lot of money left at the end of the week, but at the end of the year, she’d get all of us together and make three contributions. One was to the college she’d gone to. One was to the local relief organization that helped homeless folks.

“And the third one – every year, she gave to Planned Parenthood.”

For someone who does try to follow the center line and not stick his neck out, this is big in two ways: Hickenlooper expending political capital in a controversial area, and doing so in a potent partisan manner.

The “Ask Mitt” rally was part of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes plan to paint Denver pink in the days leading up to the first presidential debate, one of many protests and political actions planned for Denver.  Hickenlooper was preceded by CO CD-1 Representative and chair of the House Pro-Choice caucus Diana DeGette, a fiery Senator Micheal Bennet, and some local citizens who spoke about the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship and contraception used for medical purposes, and was followed by PPAF President Cecile Richards.  The college students in the hall were fired up as were the three or four anti-choice protestors trying to raise a ruckus outside.  

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet went even further, saying the choice is between Obama, who supports a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions: “And the other ticket that is to the far right of their party, they do not represent the views of Colorado’s Republicans.”

The Obama Campaign has been borrowing a page from Bennet’s 2010 playbook, when he squeaked out a win by painting his Republican opponent, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, as an extremist on social issues. The campaign seems to be hinging a large part of its Colorado strategy on this, especially in TV ads that have been blitzing the airwaves here since Paul Ryan joined the Romney ticket.

This seems like it could be a safe strategy for Hickenlooper as Planned Parenthood has huge favorability locally and nationwide, Personhood has been shot down twice at the ballot box and aborted before the ballot this year, and the  “Bennet Playbook” has proven successful already.

But for someone who is rumored to harbor ambitions to higher office, is the Governor stepping into shark-filled waters?


3 thoughts on “Hickenlooper sticks his neck out on a liberal Democratic issue:Planned Parenthood

  1. The abortion industry, like all other new operations, needed early stage financing in the 1970’s and Mrs. Hickenlooper was there to help.

    You should find it unfortunate however, that the Guv doesn’t come clean with direct finanical support to PP, their healthcare services and abortion services. Afterall, the State’s Labor Secretary is a former executive with PP.

    Maybe he’s waiting to hear about the outcome of the following….

    Is Planned Parenthood Covering Up Botched Abortion Death?

    A leading pro-life group that investigates the abortion industry is concerned Planned Parenthood may be attempting to cover up the death of Tonya Reaves, who died after a failed abortion this summer at a Chicago Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

    Supposedly, the family of Reaves has filed a civil lawsuit seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages against the abortion giant. But, one week after Reaves’ family filed suit against Planned Parenthood, the abortion organization agreed to pay the state $367,000 to settle the Medicaid billing case.

    In that case, abortion practitioner Caroline Hoke was accused of over-billing Medicaid an estimated $430,380 for mostly undocumented services. Hoke was the state’s fourth highest billing Medicaid physician, asking the taxpayers to fork over $3.9 million to her from 2009-2011 as she served as the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

    Mrs. Reaves, before the botched abortion

  2. Of course whitey likes them some planned parenthood.

    Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities.

    Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that genocide?

    We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.

    Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society?

    The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today?

    The arguement has always been that they can’t take care of themselves anyway …. why let them live or live free. Best to deprive them of their right to life.

    Pro-slavery advocates justified the continuation of slavery because they said the slaves, if emancipated, could not take care of themselves and would be a drain on society’s resources.

    Pro-abortion advocates attempt to justify abortion by stating that there are inadequate resources to care for all unwanted babies if they are not killed by abortion.

    1. You are implying there is a policy of forced abortions on black women. Produce one example of a black woman “forced” to have an abortion and by whom.

      Last time I checked it was pretty expensive to have and raise a child. 2010 median household income of whites was $54,620, blacks was $32,068. Can you connect the dots on that Einstein?

      It’s highly regrettable Ms. Reaves died due to complications while having an abortion. The sad fact is some women die while giving birth. So should we outlaw birth as well?

      Let’s go back to the coat hanger proceedure in a back alley. I’m sure that’s far safer.

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