IOWA CITY, Iowa, September 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of Planned Parenthood supporters hurled condoms at Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and her supporters during a campaign event in Iowa City on Saturday.
Approximately 15 vocal protesters clad in pink – and one dressed as a life-sized package of birth control pills – showed up at Fiorina's tailgate stop outside the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium.
Chanting “Carly Fiorina, offsides for telling lies,” they threw condoms at the candidate's supporters, and an older man was caught on video shoving a middle aged female holding a homemade sign supporting the former Hewlett-Packard CEO.
Hurling prophylactics at women is not a new tactic for supporters of abortion-on-demand. In January 2012, about two dozen members of the Providence, Rhode Island, chapter of Occupy Wall Street threw condoms at Catholic school girls taking part in the 39th Annual Pro-Life State House Rally organized by Rhode Island State Right to Life.
The campaign took the protest in stride, encouraging security to remain vigilant but to let the demonstrators carry on.
Carly Fiorina's deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, told LifeSiteNews, “We're happy these protesters are bringing more attention to the [Center for Medical Progress' undercover] videos, which show Planned Parenthood butchering babies and selling their organs.”
One of the protesters managed to get a few moments face-to-face with Fiorina.
“She came on and said she was concerned about women’s health, and as a cancer survivor I said, I was, too,” Fiorina explained after the incident. “And she said she was concerned about women’s rights, and I said I was too.”
“I said, 'You ought to do a little fact-checking before you come out here and shout propaganda,'” she continued. “One of the facts I asked her to examine is how many millions of dollars Planned Parenthood gives to Democrat candidates, and only Democrat candidates.”
“It’s a big political shell game. Taxpayers fund Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood funds pro-abortion Democrat candidates,” she said.
The demonstrators reflected the degree to which Planned Parenthood had succeeded in rebranding itself from the nation's leading abortion provider to a benign women's health care organization.
“The term abortion doesn’t even come into my mind when I think about Planned Parenthood,” Cindy Shireman, a 54-year-old employee of an Iowa community college, told the Des Moines Register. “To use Planned Parenthood on the abortion agenda is just ridiculous, especially by a female candidate.”
According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions in 2013.
It also received $528 million in taxpayer funds, something Fiorina says violates the “character” of our nation.
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The Fiorina campaign and Planned Parenthood have been locked in a pitched battle ever since she highlighted gruesome images contained on the undercover videos at the CNN debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, and encouraged Republican congressional leadership to stand up to President Obama in order to defund the organization.
She is not the first candidate to call for defunding Planned Parenthood to come under fire from the abortion industry.
In 2012, Mitt Romney said, “Planned Parenthood [funding] – we're going to get rid of that.” The abortion provider responded by dispatching a woman dressed as contraceptive pills – “Pillamena” – to stalk him on the campaign trail.