Senator Supports Defunding Planned Parenthood at Critical Moment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2011
CONTACT: Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or kbrown@sba-list.org

NH Sen. Ayotte Slams Abortion-Driven ‘Corporate Business Model’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released a Skype video interview with Sen.  Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) revealing her support for the effort to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars in the Continuing Resolution (CR).

“Senator Kelly Ayotte understands what Senator Harry Reid does not: that Planned Parenthood does not  truly serve women and children, and does not deserve the $363 million in taxpayer funding that it currently receives,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, who conducted the interview.  “Planned Parenthood has revealed a disregard for federal law, and taxpayers should not be compelled to invest in a group that protects an environment that is unsafe for young girls.   In our interview yesterday, Senator Ayotte demonstrated the strength of her pro-life commitment, her support for women’s rights, and her leadership on defunding Planned Parenthood.”

Video of the interview and full transcript are available here (http://www.sba-list.org/Ayotte). A partial script follows:

Dannenfelser: Now that the defunding has gotten to be a truly viable possibility… I’d like to just get your comments, what you think about this debate and where you think it ought to lead.

Ayotte: I certainly think that, when we look at the fiscal state of this country right now, we’ve accumulated a $14 trillion debt and Planned Parenthood is a private non-profit organization that should be sustaining itself and their corporate business model relies on abortions.  Abortion yields 37 percent of all Planned Parenthood revenues by conservative estimates.  And also I’m troubled by what’s come out in the videos that have shown that they were essentially looking the other way on sex-trafficking.  They obviously need to look at their internal management as well.  And, so that’s another reason I don’t think it’s appropriate to provide taxpayer dollars. 

Ayotte’s statement comes on the same day that SBA List launched a nearly $40,000 ad newspaper ad buy in The Washington Examiner, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and The Washington Post Express, highlighting Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s roots in the eugenics movement. 

The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.  

For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or kbrown@sba-list.org.

 

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