Editor's Note: The following press release arrived this morning:
PPAI Protest Planned for Mitt Romney's Fundraising Visit to Indianapolis Tonight
WHO: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana (PPAI) and their supporters
WHAT: Protest of tonight's fundraising visit by Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney
WHERE: Across from the JW Marriott
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
WHEN: TONIGHT -- Monday, May 7, 2012
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WHY: PPAI and their supporters will be gathering outside the JW Marriott this evening to remind Mitt Romney and other candidates that Women Are Watching very closely this election year. Protestors have chosen this event, in particular, because Mitt Romney is an anti-choice Republican who has openly been supportive of legislation and policies that restrict women's rights and access to health care.
In March, Romney promised, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." Romney also signed a pledge to prohibit Planned Parenthood health centers from providing preventive health care through federal programs. Translation: he supports cutting off nearly three million women from birth control, cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and STD tests from their preferred and trusted health care provider.
In November, Romney authored an op-ed in USA Today calling for an end to the national family planning program Title X which provides preventive health care, such as birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings and well-woman checkups to nearly five million women each year. Signed into law decades ago by Republican President Richard Nixon, the Title X program consistently has bipartisan support because it saves lives, keeps women healthy, prevents unintended pregnancies and detects cancer early when it can best be treated.
Mitt Romney's national plan for women's health has been on display in several states that made headlines last week as they moved forward in efforts to restrict women's access to health care. The extreme legislation being proposed in Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas is appalling and dangerous for women and their families. And in recent weeks, Romney has been campaigning with anti-choice elected officials like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who championed legislation requiring women to undergo an invasive transvaginal probe before exercising their legal right to choose.
It's abundantly clear that Romney is anti-choice and supportive of turning back the clock on women's rights.