Statement from Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis; March 16, 2012:
NASHVILLE – State Rep. Jeanne Richardson released the following statement decrying Mitt Romney’s comments that he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, a vital health care provider for millions of American women in need of affordable health care and life-saving services such cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventative care.
“Mitt Romney has once again shown there are no limits to what he will say to pander to the extreme far right wing of the Republican Party – even offering to put the health care of millions of American women at risk if it means scoring a few cheap points with his party’s base.” Richardson said. “Because supporting the Blunt Amendment, Mississippi’s personhood bill and flip flopping on abortion rights aren’t helping Mitt Romney close the deal with his party’s base, Mitt Romney has now decided to try an even more extreme and desperate strategy by promising to get rid of a private, 95-year old organization that one in five American women has depended on for health care services.
“Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it. America’s women aren’t interested in being pawns in his quest to pander his way to the Republican Party nomination for President. It’s bad for women, bad for America, and isn’t going to get help him wrap up the nomination any time soon.”