18 Real Things Republicans Have Said About Abortion And Planned Parenthood

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10/06/2015 09:03 am ET | Updated Oct 06, 2015

 Republican lawmakers have some... interesting views on abortion.

In many states, women are already required to jump through incredible financially draining, emotionally taxing, time-consuming and medically-unnecessary hoops to access abortion, a 100 percent legal medical procedure. And, worryingly, the lawmakers creating these obstacles are often misinformed about how women's bodies work, what Planned Parenthood does, how federal funding is allocated, and what those infamous "sting" videos actually reveal

Here are 18 times GOP members said worrying things about abortion and Planned Parenthood: 

  • 1 When Huckabee compared Planned Parenthood to a heroin dealer.
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    “Planned Parenthood isn’t purely a ‘healthcare provider’ any more than a heroin dealer is a community pharmacist."
    -- Mike Huckabee
  • 2 When Rubio talked about the sweet incentives women are given to choose abortion.
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    "You’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but [also to be] able to sell that fetal tissue."
    -- Marco Rubio
  • 3 When Trump sounded off about "abortion factories."
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    “The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly."
    -- Donald Trump
  • 4 When a comparison was made between Planned Parenthood and the KKK.
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    "Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to Black lives than the KKK ever was."
    -- E. W. Jackson
  • 5 When Fiorina had some opinions on liberal priorities.
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    "Liberals believe that flies are worth protecting, but that the life of an unborn child is not." 
    -- Carly Fiorina
  • 6 When we all learned that rape victims don't need abortion bill exemptions, because rape kits are basically abortions.
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    "In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out."
    -- Jodie Laubenberg
  • 7 When some guy wished fetuses had firearms.
  • 8 When Kurcaba looked for the silver lining of conception from rape.
    Brian Kurcaba
    "Obviously rape is awful. What is beautiful is the child that could come from this."
    -- Brian Kurcaba

  • 9 When Franks was confused about how pregnancy works.
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    "The incidence of pregnancy resulting from rape are very low."
    -- Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
  • 10 When one Rep suggested forcing women to watch abortion videos.
    Terri Proud
    "Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a 'surgical procedure.'  If it's not a life it shouldn't matter, if it doesn't harm a woman then she shouldn't care, and don't we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway?"
    -- Rep. Terri Proud (R-Ariz.)
  • 11 When Bachmann said Planned Parenthood was just like LensCrafters.
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    "The executive director of Planned Parenthood in Illinois said they want to become the LensCrafter of big abortion in Illinois."
    -- Michele Bachmann 
  • 12 When this dude posited that if women should be allowed to have abortions, men should be allowed to rape.
    Lawrence Lockman
    "If a woman has [the right to an abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [usually] result in anyone’s death."
    -- Lawrence Lockman
  • 13 When that "legitimate rape" comment happened.
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    “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.”
    -- Todd Akin
  • 14 When Mourdock thought pregnancy from rape was God's will.
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    "Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
    -- Richard Mourdock
  • 15 When Koster didn't really get "the rape thing" and how it might relate to a woman's desire to get an abortion.
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    "But on the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?"
    -- John Koster
  • 16 When Cruz called Planned Parenthood a "criminal enterprise."
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    "We shouldn't be sending $500 million of taxpayer money to funding an ongoing criminal enterprise."
    -- Ted Cruz
  • 17 When Christie accused Hillary Clinton of supporting "the systematic murder of children."
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    "Hillary Clinton... believes in the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts."
    -- Chris Christie 
  • 18 When Jeb just didn't understand why women's health requires funding.
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    "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."
    -- Jeb Bush

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