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Coleman: GOP should repudiate anti-Planned Parenthood comments

Posted August 7, 2012

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— Criticism of Planned Parenthood by a Republican lawmaker has become an issue in the North Carolina lieutenant governor campaign.

Democratic candidate Linda Coleman on Tuesday called Republican legislative leaders to repudiate comments made by Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus.

In an email response to a request that he support state funding for Planned Parenthood in this year's budget, Pittman said the group should be outlawed.

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"Planned Parenthood is a murderous organization who make their living off the butchering of innocent human beings in their mothers' wombs," he wrote. "They deal out nothing but deception, death, personal devastation and moral degradation."

"Never will I agree to give that bloody, indecent, immoral organization one penny," Pittman concluded.

Coleman called the comments graphic and untrue.

"To have those kind of untruths out there pervading this campaign season is unfair," she said. "It is unfair to the Planned Parenthood organization (and) organizations that are very similar to Planned Parenthood, and it is certainly unfair to the women who receive the services and their families."

Republican lawmakers in Washington and Raleigh have targeted funding to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions. State and federal money cannot, by law, be used for abortions. Any such funding is used by Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, health care and contraception.

Planned Parenthood said it serves 25,000 patients a year in North Carolina, three-quarters of whom are uninsured. Abortions make up 3 percent of its services in the state, the group said.

Neither Pittman nor Coleman's Republican opponent, Dan Forest, could be reached for comment Tuesday. Republican legislative leaders declined to comment.

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  • GuestNC Aug 10, 2012

    I call on leaders like Coleman to stop abortions. Abortion has devastated communities particularly the black community. For example, almost half of all conceived black babies in New York are aborted and the national numbers are not much better. Tens of millions in the last 20-30 years. Mrs. Coleman seems like an accomplished African American woman that could be a leader in this area. It makes no sense that leaders like her would not work to stop abortion and speak out against it. I am not naive - I understand the politics in protecting PP which is shameful. Mrs Coleman and so called leaders in her position need to step out of the myopic politics they are in and lead and stop the murder.

  • rocket Aug 8, 2012

    "While I technically agree with your statement, if funds are pulled from PP, where do all the women that rely on them for their mammograms and pap smears go?"

    I don't really think I should be paying for strangers mammograms or pap smears either. Let them raise private funds if they want to help those women. Charity is a good thing, except when government forces it and decides how to divy it up.

  • jjordan231179 Aug 8, 2012

    I am not pro-abortion, but I see a lot of good that PP does in the community, and usually it's among the needy they serve. Those that are most vulnerable to budget cuts to our state medical services.
    prodigalrn
    August 8, 2012 1:13 p.m.
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    Before I was even interested in politics my high school GF went to PP for birth control and check-ups. I never knew they did abortions until getting into politics. Her parents were VERY wealthy too. From the comments you would think its a bunch of leaches having crazy sex and getting 3 abortions a year.

  • jjordan231179 Aug 8, 2012

    If you are so concerned that only 3% of PP's business is abortions, then why don't they just stop doing them altogether and the problem will be solved. My guess, is that a lot more of their business is abortions, and they are lying about it, since that what the group was founded to do. How can you left-wingers support a company that was founded to rid the USA of black babies? Are you all that racist in your hearts, regardless of what you spout?
    The Yoda
    August 8, 2012 12:43 p.m.
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    FINALLY! Yuo admit Romney is a "left winger".

  • prodigalrn Aug 8, 2012

    Feds give tax payer dollars to PP. PP performs abortions. Accounting details do not change that fact.
    rocket

    While I technically agree with your statement, if funds are pulled from PP, where do all the women that rely on them for their mammograms and pap smears go? County health departments have experienced drastic budget cutbacks, and are alreay over-run as it is. Why is everyone willing to do away with the 97% of healthcare the women get just to eliminate the 3% of their operation you disagree with? So if you can only make a 97 on a test, you throw it away because you want all-or-nothing? I'm not sure I get that. I am not pro-abortion, but I see a lot of good that PP does in the community, and usually it's among the needy they serve. Those that are most vulnerable to budget cuts to our state medical services.

  • casp3r Aug 8, 2012

    Believe it or not, I am not against abortion.

    If the gov was completly out of it financialy,rape,incest,danger to mother, or other real and health related problems.

    But to just kill because she didn't want to get pregnant is rediculous. You know where babies come from, if you are not adult enough to face the results then you are not adult enough to do the act... and all the women saying (its my choice).. yes it is, and you made it the night you got pregnant, you had a choice to be safe.and you chose not too.

  • casp3r Aug 8, 2012

    Margaret sanger was the founder of planned parenthood. She was a euginist that wanted to control and eliminate the minority population.

    How the left has hid this from everyone is amazing... wral you scared to allow this to go thru? Or delete it again so people wont actually learn something on your site, instead of liberal talking points.

  • casp3r Aug 8, 2012

    The aa population would be doubled what it is now if not for planned parenthood.

    Think about that, if you knew someone or something that would whipe out half of the aa population you would see protest, the revs, and the entire msm calling it racist and the scurge of the earth. But what do we have? All of them defending the one thing that kills more aa that everything else combined. :( how amazingly sad...

  • The Yoda Aug 8, 2012

    If you are so concerned that only 3% of PP's business is abortions, then why don't they just stop doing them altogether and the problem will be solved. My guess, is that a lot more of their business is abortions, and they are lying about it, since that what the group was founded to do. How can you left-wingers support a company that was founded to rid the USA of black babies? Are you all that racist in your hearts, regardless of what you spout?

  • rocket Aug 8, 2012

    "NO money from state or feds can go to pay for abortions- when will you people get that through your skulls?"

    Feds give tax payer dollars to PP. PP performs abortions. Accounting details do not change that fact.

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