Rightwing radio host likens Planned Parenthood to Hitler’s ‘killing machine’

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5th July 1973:  Pro-choice campaigners at a demonstration in favour of abortion in front of the American Hotel in mid-town New York, where the American...
5th July 1973: Pro-choice campaigners at a demonstration in favour of abortion in front of the American Hotel in mid-town New York, where the American...
Peter Keegan

To mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a radio pundit compared Planned Parenthood to Adolf Hitler, labeling the organization a “killing machine” on Liberty Counsel’s “Faith and Freedom” radio program. While discussing federal funding for reproductive health services at Planned Parenthood, conservative host Mat Staver made the direct analogy of funding abortions to funding a “Hitler kind of killing machine or Pol Pot or some of these other genocide tyrants.”

“Tomorrow is the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” Staver said Monday. “A decision in which seven of the nine justices ultimately discovered some so-called right in the Constitution that no one else has ever discovered, that abortion is permissible through all nine months of pregnancy. And from that moment till now, we’ve slaughtered 55 million children.”

His co-host, Matt Barber, echoed many conservatives’ assertions that President Obama’s health care reform law would force taxpayers to fund abortions and would enable a “business of enriching people who make a living killing innocent, unborn children. They are getting filthy rich off of it.” On the contrary, the Affordable Care Act has ensured a dual payment system that actually protects taxpayer from funding abortion. The law establishes that private funds are dedicated to abortion coverage, which may ultimately lead to a decline in private insurers covering abortion because there would be “new administrative hurdles to obtaining abortion coverage and invite states to ban abortion coverage,” according to Jessica Arons, the Women’s Health and Rights Program Director at the Center for American Progress.

Staver replied, “It’s like enriching Hitler, to give him more money and forcing people to fund Hitler to slaughter innocent people.”

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday found that a majority of Americans now believe that abortion should be legal “always” or “most of the time,” and 70% oppose overturning Roe. v. Wade, the highest number since 1989.

You can watch the hosts’ commentary from Liberty Counsel’s Faith and Freedom. The Hitler analogy is made at 07:04.

Rightwing radio host likens Planned Parenthood to Hitler's 'killing machine'

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