After briefly wrapping himself in the Planned Parenthood logo, Coffman back to hating the organization

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

Rep. Mike Coffman came out swinging against Planned Parenthood yesterday, telling KNUS 710-AM’s Dan Caplis, “It’s just one thing after another with Planned Parenthood.”

Then why did Coffman feature a Planned Parenthood logo in a campaign ad just last year, Caplis should have asked Coffman. Coffman’s 2014 ad stated that Coffman “was praised for protecting women from violence” and showed the Planned Parenthood Action Fund logo on the screen.

Judging from yesterday’s radio interview, Coffman has a list of longstanding grievances against Planned Parenthood, and Caplis would have done his listeners a favor by asking Coffman what they are. What was Coffman thinking of when he said Planned Parenthood has done “one thing after another?”

When Coffman’s ad ran last year, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains responded by pointing out that Coffman “voted many times to de-fund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide many important health services to women including birth control, family planning services, and lifesaving cancer screenings.”

In 2011, Coffman voted against Planned Parenthood funding, as part of a House resolution to the federal budget billHR 36, which prohibited  making funds available  “for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc.”

For most of his political career, Coffman maintained his ardent opposition to abortion,even in the cases of rape and incest, as well as his support for personhood ballot measures in 2008 and 2010, which would have outlawed all abortion and some forms of birth control.

However, in 2013, Coffman flipped, and his office stated that the Congressman supported giving rape victims the option of having an abortion. Coffman has never explained what motivated this change, leaving everyone to conclude that he was trying to shine himself up for women voters in his swing district. Hence, his unauthorized use of the Planned Parenthood logo in the ad.

Coffman made his comments about Planned Parenthood in response to Caplis’ question about recent allegations by conservatives against the organization, which it has denied.

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  1. Moderatus says:

    You expected Coffman to PRAISE Planned Parenthood's selling of baby body parts? Ridiculous.

  2. mamajama55 says:

    Coffman is just saying whatever he thinks his base wants to hear, "his base" being whomever he is speaking to at the moment He also assumes that his base is uninformed, with short term memory loss. This may well be true, but probably not as much as he would like.

    For Planned Parenthood, they get the triple face palm for not knowing that any casual lunch date conversation about fetal body parts was likely to be yet another hidden, carefully edited Breitbart style set up. How naive are people?


    • BlueCat says:

      The how naive question works both ways. People in important organizations like Planned Parenthood or involved in politics and having meetings in their official capacities are idiots if they don't realize they might be recorded. Even Planned Parenthood is apologizing for this woman's tone so of course anti-choicers will take advantage.  This should be reality 101 stuff by now.

      • Davie says:

        I suspect two coroners would have similarly "insensitive" sounding conversations (to a layperson) about their line of work.  Any human would tend to get desensitized after awhile as a defense against going crazy with grief.

        The Planned Parenthood official made the obviously erroneous assumption that she was speaking with a fellow professional who was similarly conditioned to handle these matters in a dispassionate way out of professional courtesy. 

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        Exactly……Did our side not learn from Willard Romney 47% remark? Do we think that it only works in one direction?

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