Now that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has thrown her hat in and said she's participating in the GOP New Hampshire debate coming up this month, I guess we can expect more of this sort of lying demagoguery from her once those debates get started.
Bachmann decided to push the already discredited talking point that Planned Parenthood was involved in sex trafficking to throw some red meat to the crowd there, and apparently neither Bachmann or her audience have much use for the truth in this matter. If Bachmann thinks trafficking in lies such as this is a way to lead her to winning the GOP's nomination for president, all I can say to her is good luck because I don't think this sort of blatant lie will even make it past our sorry excuse for a corporate media once she enters the Republican debates or has the unfortunate incident of finding at least a few honest people in that corporate media willing to report on her lie here.
That didn't stop her from throwing this red meat to the audience there, added commentary mine.
BACHMANN: And recently, this also I think has given rise to the steam that's behind the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. In a time when President Obama is calling on the Congress to give him authority to increase borrowing money that we don't have, so borrow another, raise the debt ceiling by borrowing another 2.4 trillion, and 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's so distressing.
(But of course she's going to talk about the lie anyway, as "distressing" as it may be to her.)
But this organization has by their own record performed 324,008 abortions in 2008 and 2009. And that's in addition to the trafficking of under age girls that have gone on under Planned Parenthood's nose.
You think maybe we could start here by defunding this organization? I think so too. It couldn't come soon enough. They're a billion dollar a year organization. They need to stand on their own.
Of course what's really disgusting about the GOP's attack on Planned Parenthood is what they're really attacking is the largest organization in the country that makes sure poor women have access to basic health care services and birth control. Every time I hear someone like Bachmann ranting on as she did here, I'm reminded of Al Franken's statement that Republicans believe life begins at conception and ends at birth. Or as Randi Rhodes puts it, love the fetus, hate the child. These immoral Republicans who proclaim themselves to be "pro-life" like Bachmann have no care whatsoever for anyone in the working class after they're born when you take a good look at their policies which do nothing at all but serve the will of their wealthy corporate campaign donors at the expense of the rest of us.
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