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This probably won't surprise anyone, but Mitt Romney, who once sought the endorsement of Planned Parenthood back when he was pretending to be a staunch supporter of women's rights, is now joining the anti-woman extremists and railing against Planned Parenthood. And he thinks it's just grand that Susan G. Komen for the Cure would rather court the "pro-life" movement than actually support cancer screening and prevention.

Laura Bassett at Huffington Post reports that in a radio interview yesterday, Romney said that he doesn't think Komen should continue to fund cancer screening at Planned Parenthood. And then he went further:

I also feel that the government should cut off funding to Planned Parenthood [...] Look, the idea that we're subsidizing an institution which is providing abortion, in my view, is wrong. Planned Parenthood ought to stand on their own feet, and should not get government subsidy.
It makes sense that Mitt Romney now opposes any government funding of Planned Parenthood. After all, it is the nation's largest provider of health care to low-income women. And we know how Mitt feels about health care these days. And those low-income people about whom he is "not concerned."

Typical Mitt, though, wants to have it both ways. He wants the government to cut off Planned Parenthood because it "ought to stand on their own feet," but he wants private organizations that support Planned Parenthood to also cut off funding. So basically, Planned Parenthood is supposed to magically operate all on its own, without any support from the public or private sectors. So if it can't take support from anyone, well, maybe it will just go away completely, and those poor women Mitt doesn't care about will be completely without health care.

No wonder that's Mitt's position: Screw the poor people of this country by defunding their health care. Yup, that sure sounds like a plan Romney can get behind. Today, at least.

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Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 07:44 AM PST.

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