CHICAGO, Illinois, July 25, 2012 (OperationRescue.org) - Yesterday, in the wake of the tragic and avoidable botched abortion death of Tonya Reaves at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago, Pres. Barack Obama disrespected Tonya with comments he made supporting Planned Parenthood during a campaign speech in Portland.

“Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea,” Obama said. “I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices.”

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation responded to Mr. Obama’s insensitive comments:

When Tonya Reaves walked into that Planned Parenthood abortion clinic last Friday, she completely lost any control over her ‘health care choices’ as well as her life. She did not choose to die. Planned Parenthood took that choice from her.

We have to wonder how Mr. Obama would have felt if that had been Malia or Sasha bleeding to death on that abortion table. By supporting Planned Parenthood and advocating continued tax-funding of this troubled organization, Mr. Obama is intentionally condemning other young women – and perhaps even his own daughters – to the same tragically avoidable fate suffered by Tonya Reaves just a few days ago.

Mr. Obama completely disrespected the life and family of Tonya Reaves by making this statement on the same day that pro-life organizations called for the President to investigate this incident in much the same way he called for a full investigation into the Trayvon Martin death.

Apparently for Mr. Obama, a Black man who is killed by a white man is worthy of justice, but a Black woman killed by a campaign contributor is something that we should give no regard. That is political cronyism at its worst that places women in a second-class citizen category as a matter of public policy. Mr. Obama’s comments are completely unacceptable and we demand that he retract his support for Planned Parenthood and seek justice for Tonya Reaves and her family for this completely avoidable death.

Operation Rescue encourages the public to call Obama and demand he withdraw support and Federal funding from Planned Parenthood.

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