WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he doesn’t think a prominent breast cancer charity should continue giving grants to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity had announced it would cut funds to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening, then dropped those plans after a public backlash last week.

On Monday, Romney told conservative radio host Scott Hennen that he didn’t think Komen should continue giving money to Planned Parenthood. Romney says the government should stop giving Planned Parenthood money, too.

A spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, Stephanie Cutter, called Romney’s comments “the ultimate hypocrisy” because as governor of Massachusetts he supported the same birth-control policy that President Barack Obama supports.

Romney once supported abortion rights but now opposes abortion.

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Comments (27)
  1. Journeyone says:

    I am Barak Obama and I approve of this message!
    Go GOP candidates…. a bunch of doozies, consistant with the GOP party!

  2. Debby says:

    Keep out of our rights to choose. Planned Parenthood provides birth control to many women. Abortion is only a very small part of what they do…and it IS LEGAL!!!
    All you government types…let us women choose what WE want to do with our bodies…not the government choosing for us!!!

    1. mark says:

      @Debby thought it takes two people to make a baby, or do you call a baby just a bunch of cells!!

    2. Brett says:

      Debby, you can do whatEVER you want to with your body, I really don’t care. I don’t think that you should be able to use MY TAX DOLLARS or monies from an organization like Komen to pay for such services. Pay for them yourself, and there won’t be an arguement. Bullying charities like Komen to continue funding, when they probably never should have been funding PP to begin with, is unfair.

      1. Sharon says:

        I belive the funds assisted to do pre-sceening for breast cancer. That seems mighty consistent with the Foundation’s goals.
        If this so troubles you may I suggest you do not contribute anymore to the Foundation. There are others.
        It is pretty simple – more, by far, felt this was what they wanted done by the Foundation. It’s the Foundations call.
        I am pro-life. That siad – PP also does a service, a big service, to those they catch with early stage breast cancer. That also is pro-life in saving a life.
        It does not trouble me because of this and frankly – it is none of my or your business what they fund. If we don’t like it we don’t have to support them.
        I will – I see more positive than negative.
        I also am not naive about my party. We are , IMO, rightfully pro-life. Yet we continue to underfund the huge number of unwanted kids and families in need. Dre need. I am sick of the “they can do it themselves” concept. No – they cannot do it themselves. They have been struggling for 4-6 years finding jobs..
        Time for people to stop being hypocrites – we demand these babies be born we take care of them too as a society if the parents cannot or will not. There is ZERO between the lines on this. We do or we don’t. We don’t – then may God have mercy on these poor kids.

      2. Tom says:

        @ Brett

        If you dont think that your tax dollars or monies should go to org like Komen ? Then do think our same tax dollars should go to the Faith office that was started under Bush? And besides public money is not allowed to go to abortions under the Hyde Amendment. And Brett don’t blame the people who put pressure on Komen to continue funding to PP, Komen gave themselves the headache. But they shoudl have seen it coming when the put the same nut who ran for Gov of GA and promised to go after PP.

    3. Molly says:

      go ahead and choose all you want for your bodies debby, you don’t have the right to choose for another human being by killing that child. abortion (no matter how you dress-up the word) is ending the life of a child. abortion is Death

      1. Tom says:

        @ Molly

        If you are social conservatives which I believe you are when you mention that Debby has no right to choose for another human being from having a aboriton. When people like you do the exact samething when you believe that you have every right sticking your nose into someone elses business. But that is what people who live in small bubbles do!

  3. mark says:

    YESSS!! I will not give Komen anymore money! and have stopped helping them with their charities

  4. people can think says:

    Pro-Life is a choice. So everybody is Pro-Choice.

    Coat hangers are for clothes or have we forgotten how many women died of homestyle abortions.

    Nanny government – choosing for you what you should choose for yourself.

    1. sue says:

      What kinda spin is that! Makes no sense unless you, oh I’m sorry you must have went to a Public school. Please forgive me.

      1. @ sue says:

        I went to Blake and can guarantee you we held the _wink wink_all time state title of girls who took “trips” early in their pregnacy(s). If there is a public school that came close I’d fall off my chair.
        We had an advantage and means to address this quietly is all.
        I have to wonder Sue – are you naive or just a dishonest person???

      2. Tom says:

        @ Sue

        What “people can think” said does make sense! It just doesn’t make sense when you went to PRIVATE school ! And Please don’t forgive me for speaking the truth about private schools.

        But yes he is stating fact that ‘clothes” hangers are made for clothes, but that is how abortions used to done in allly’s etc when they are “illegal” before the US Supreme Court “legalized” them.

        And the “nanny government” is also correct when he says the gov’t has no right choosing for me what I should do that is my decision to make. And Conservatives always says the samething, but in reality they don’t believe that.

      3. Brian in MPLS says:

        You must have GONE to public school too, Sue. That or your private school didn’t teach grammar!

  5. angus says:

    The rich always have had their abortions in nice clean safe hospitals while the poor had back alley abortions and many women died. The pro life probably think the deceased deserved their fate.

    Check Vanity Fair article about Romney when he told a Mormon women who had a baby out of wedlock, “Give it up for adoption” when she intended to keep it. The pregnant Mormon woman who was told by a Mormon doctor to have an abortion because her health was in severe danger, possibly dying, and the baby had, at best, had a 50-50 chance of survival. Romney was still against an abortion. The man is a cold hearted person who does not care about people. No compassion at all.

  6. V says:

    Same way he supported GAY MARRIAGE when he was Massachusetts and now he is not backing same sex marriage… it is to show us that he is really not committed to anything and he will change his support according to whats good for him in the politics…. what a hypocrite!

    1. Mark T says:

      flip-flop flip-flop flip-flop
      Mitt is a piece of work in progress.
      Cold hearted???? Hmmmmm – maybe. That said – he warm hearted compared to the rest of the GOP chaps running. 😉
      starting to actually think that Obama may just get a second term yet ….. never woulda thunk that one possible a year ago. The venom of the GOP will likely be the clincher for the dems……((((scratching my head at how my party can be so damn dumb)))). Wake up GOP…wake up

    2. Tom says:

      @ V

      The Majority of conservatives are hypocrites!

  7. Grover says:

    I challenge Sue, and everyone, to watch this short film. Then decide if you’re still “Pro-choice”.



  8. kate says:

    Yes, cut funding to planned parenthood, then complain about how many babies are on welfare. Contraception gives people the ability to plan when to get pregnant and space them out. And PP also helps women have healthy babies. We wouldn’t want the babies to be healthy would we? Heavens no, those low income women shouldn’t have healthy babies. Just like low income woment don’t need breast cancer screening because we would rather they ran up huge hospital bills when they find the cancer later when it is harder to treat.
    PP does not have a place in the US, we don’t want low income women to have access to health care. It is too bad they don’t have health insurance, but why should they be able to find and keep a job? We would rather pay welfare and disability to low income people rather than helping them be healthy and working.
    I’m tired of people acting like PP is trying to get everyone to stop having babies. Abortion is such a small part of what they do and no federal funding pays for abortion. They want people to have babies, but when it is right for them so the babies are healthy, happy and wanted.

    1. Tom says:

      @ Kate

      Conservatives are known for doing that. Abortions are only 3% of PP business and that is only part that they think about and do look at the majority of what they do. They always get upset about the small percentage of things. Sort of like gay marriage that is small minority group again and these same people cant let that go eithe.

  9. Jim says:

    I wish they’d finally rename their cause – they’re not “Pro-Life” – they’re “Pro-Birth”. After that kid slides out, the could care less. They have no problem killing anyone, just let them be born first.

    1. K. says:

      9 1/2 years ago, my daughter found that she was pregnant out of wedlock. She told me at the time that she would NOT have an abortion and she would never be able to put the baby up for adoption. It was a wonderful decision. Today, this young man is a very smart, funny, talented, and compassionate child who operates at a much higher level than some of the “so-called” adults gabbing on this blog. I wouldn’t trade my grandson for anything and I thank God everyday for his life. And to think that there may be other wonderful human beings that will never be because their mothers had a “choice”. A baby is not a choice………it is a human being.

  10. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

    I might be missing the problem here. I am a man so Abortion is not my issue. Its a womans right and she may decide. But my wife had breast cancer. So I give money to Komen every year. I give that money to fight breast cancer, not so Komen can decide what charities they can divey it up to. I wonder what other charities Komen gives to? But after searching online I was not able to gain any information on who they give money too. How nice.

    1. Beth says:

      PP does free breast cancer screening for anyone who walks thru the front door Cigar.
      I’m not taking a position on PP at all – they do what they do. At least they do it safely I guess…. none of my business.
      They reach a group of younger woman who may not be reached otherwise on pre-cancer screening. That to me is a good thing so I have no issue at all in sending $$ off to Komen. Matter of fact my spouse just mailed a check off last night when they reversed their position. It evidently struck a chord of sorts with him. I suspect it’s the fact he believes so stringly in freedom of choice mainly.
      Maybe you can call the for your answer?

    2. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      I don’t know how hard you searched, but I found the information in less than three minutes. Take a look at their 2010 IRS Form 990. The list of whom Komen gives money runs from page 34 to page 55.

      1. Patty says:

        Help me out Richard as frankly I am less than computer literate.
        Where and how did you dig this up? Thanks so much