Democrat Busted Letting Planned Parenthood Write State’s Travel Ban

June 1, 2019
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Colorado official, Jena Griswold, asked Planned Parenthood to help write the Alabama travel ban in the wake of that state’s new abortion limits, according to documents.

The ban would block travel from Colorado to Alabama, including connecting flights. A petty political move but what do state laws have to do with an abortion clinic like Planned Parenthood?

About two hours before the news release was sent out, Griswold’s communications director, Serena Woods, emailed the draft news release to Whitney Phillips and Jack Teter. Phillips is the vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Teter is Planned Parenthood’s political director.

In an email dated May 16 at 12:24 p.m., Woods wrote Phillips and Teter:

Whitney & Jack,

Draft of what we are thinking attached. LMK thoughts/edits. If you could turn around as quickly as possible that would be great because SOS wants to move fast.

Thanks,

Serena

“LMK” stands for “Let me know.”

Phillips responded to that email at 12:47 p.m.:

Thanks Serena, I believe our CEO is going to call the Secretary and share some additional feedback. In the meantime, my feedback on the media release is attached. It feels to me the Election Center part is a little inside baseball for most folks and the travel authorization is a little more digestible for the mainstream/media.”

Free Beacon added that Griswold enjoyed the support of pro-abortion interest groups during her 2018 election, the first campaign that she ever ran. She received $1,150 from EMILY’s List, a national group that supports pro-abortion candidates, as well as $1,000 from Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, according to FollowtheMoney.org.

Some pro-life activists viewed the scandal as further proof of Democrats entrenching themselves with the abortion lobby, a move which could alienate voters who largely support late-term abortion bans. Terry Schilling, executive director of the American Principles Project, said the edit suggestions reveal the lengths to which groups like Planned Parenthood go to massage traditional abortion talking points. He was struck by “how frightened both groups have grown of using the label ‘pro-choice.'”

“In the age of ultrasounds, ‘choice’ is no longer a strong enough term to distract from the reality of the unborn child,” Schilling said. “While Democrats may try to hide behind further obfuscating words like ‘healthcare,’ pro-lifers should take solace that we are winning the battle for hearts and minds, and this is one of the clearest signs yet.

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