by Max Brantley
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross has said he would have opposed the recent legislative effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood for sex education and other health programs (not abortion).
Where Mike Ross goes, Barack Obama follows. From Talking Points Memo:
President Obama on Friday at a Planned Parenthood gala in Washington criticized efforts — led by Republicans — to defund the women's health organization.
"So when politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they're not just talking about you, but they're talking about the millions of women who they serve," Obama said, according to a rush transcript. "And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let's be clear, they're talking about telling many of those women, 'you're on your own.' They're talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most. Shutting off communities that may need more health care options for women, not less."