After getting himself in a bit of trouble with the religious right base for saying that passing anti-choice bills would not be part of his “agenda” — a claim his campaign quickly tried to walk back by saying he would sign any bill that came his way — Romney is now reiterating that he would move immediately to defund Planned Parenthood if elected:
On Wednesday, Romney said he would support removing the group’s funding through the federal budget, which must be passed by Congress.
“I think I’ve said time and time again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president,” he said. “The actions I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget.”
Let me be very blunt about this: If Planned Parenthood is defunded, women will die. Not a few of them, a lot of them. And children too. Because in many parts of the country, PP is the only available provider of birth control, STD testing, prenatal care and cancer screening for poor women. But hey, what are a few dead poor people when there are political points to be scored?