We Spleen: Michele Bachmann’s Planned Parenthood-Bashing

This past weekend, many conservatives, including several presidential hopefuls, gathered at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., to campaign for the 2012 elections share their values. Speakers included Paul Ryan, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and the consistently deranged always entertaining Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. After insinuating that the U.S. is on the path to ruin because the percentage of married citizens is significantly lower than it was in the 1950s, she bashed “Obamacare” and abortion:


The congresswoman insisted that the health-care bill had more than $105 billion in spending “hidden” in it, a theory disproved by the Washington Post‘s Fact Checker in March.

But the doozy came when Bachmann also equated “Obamacare” with U.S. funding of Planned Parenthood and accused the health-service provider of encouraging unspecified illegal activity:

We’re giving money to corrupt organizations like Planned Parenthood that are committing crimes and enabling young minor girls and covering up issues I don’t even want to talk about it because it is so disgusting. … This organization has by their own records performed 324,008 abortions in 2008 and 2009 and that is in addition to the trafficking of underage girls that has gone on under Planned Parenthood’s nose … Do you think maybe we could start here by defunding this organization? I think so! It couldn’t come soon enough. [audience claps and cheers]

When questioned after the speech about what she meant by her ominous accusation about trafficking, Bachmann refused to comment.

From harmless-but-idiotic flubs of U.S. history to dangerous myths that could potentially shape policy, a number of Republicans can’t seem to get things right lately. Bachmann herself has proven to be a sensationalist right-wing conspiracy theorist in the past, with her notion that global warming is a hoax and that Obama has terrorist connections and is anti-American. But isn’t telling the truth one of those “time-honored values”?

Here’s some truth, Rep. Bachmann: Planned Parenthood actually provides vital health services to more than five million people per year, and only three percent of those services are abortion-related. Low cost health services to the poor–isn’t that an idea you should support, given that “help[ing] the poor, the needy and those who have been left behind” is one of the tenets of the Faith and Freedom Coalition?

Photo from Flickr user Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons 2.0


  1. It’s funny how these conservative women get up to denounce all kinds of women’s rights yet if it were not for the feminist movement they wouldn’t even be up there speaking. Apparently for the conservatives, it’s okay for women be outspoken and in office so long as they are upholding patriarchal values.

  2. I totally agree, Ashley.

  3. What really gets on my nerves about these people is that, for all their ranting about 324,008 abortions in 2008 and 2009, they are NOT willing to address the issues as to WHY the women had to get them in the first place. Unless these conservative types are willing to do something constructive and be a part of the solution, not the problem, they should all go jump off a tall cliff.

  4. It’s defies logic that any woman could be against choice. A century ago, when trying to understand the mindset of women who were against women’s right to vote, sufferage activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, “these women are fighting to remain in their chains”.

  5. Fred Nadelman, LMSW says:

    A woman’s exercise of her free choice to continue a pregnancy or not to continue a pregancy liberates men too.

  6. Whenever women speak out against their own and others’ rights, I always think about the scene from Iron Jawed Angels when Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank, crumples on the stairs after being unjustly accused of misappropriation of funds by the heads of NAWSA and says, “I don’t want to fight other women.” How can we combat the forces and ideas that harm us so if we can’t unite ourselves?

  7. Perhaps if they were willing to fund programs that supported all those babies they want to force women to have it wouldn’t be such a ridiculous stance.

  8. I completely agree with everyone. Let’s say abortion isn’t legal; then it will go underground again, putting more women’s lives at risk and potential death. Either way: Abortion will not go away and it’s better to be safe about the procedure than cause further problems. And yes, let’s get to the root of the problem (why all these women are getting abortions in the first place) before we chastise them for their choices.

  9. In Australia, we do occasionally have people putting themselves forward for election to public office who have perculiar views and ideas. However I cannot think of any election in which any candidate came even close to Michelle Bachmann. It is really worrisome to the rest of the world that there is a section of the American population that would support such outlandish candidates. I cannot imagine that any of our potential leaders would say that Australians can buy any light buld they want. They would be a laughing stock.

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