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article imageOp-Ed: TX GOP congressman links Planned Parenthood to ‘mass murder’

By Lynn Herrmann     Feb 3, 2012 in Politics
San Antonio - Speaking at a town hall meeting this week in Texas, a freshman Republican congressman, elected in 2010 with Tea Party support, took aim at Planned Parenthood by calling the group a “front for mass murder.”
In the somewhat tony Fair Oaks Ranch subdivision, just northwest of San Antonio, Francisco “Quico” Canseco (TX-23) told his audience PP was a “front for mass murder” which “needs to be abolished,” according to BuzzFeed. He added federal funding for support of National Public Radio is “like funding Democratic Public Radio.”
Maybe that’s why San Antonio’s local NPR station did a communications upgrade in November and December, only to have its signal go out ten percent weaker.
Canseco was prompted by a male member in the audience wanting to know what politicians do for a living. Plaza de Armas reports the man asked Canseco, “I would like to know what you guys do for a living. You’ve got a president that is not qualified to be in the position he is. They’ve already found that his birth certificate has been falsified.”
And the cow jumped over the moon.
In addition to his political expertise, the Republican congressman apparently also has a medical background. A statement from Canseco keenly mixing politics and religion, sent to BuzzFeed, suggests fetuses are in pursuit of happiness:
As the father of three children and as a lifelong and devout Catholic, I believe that abortion is morally reprehensible because life begins at conception. The practice of elective abortion violates the natural, god-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which should be guaranteed to every U.S. citizen, born or unborn. No matter what else they do, organizations like Planned Parenthood will always be in the wrong as long as they perform elective abortions. I will always defend innocent life, and continue fighting alongside my pro-life colleagues in Congress to enact policies that promote a culture of life in the United States.
Gee, Keek, how about promoting a culture of division in the United States? How about giving a woman the right to decide what she wants to do with her own body? How about cutting funding for war? How about instituting public policy guaranteeing Republican politicians will enter into a brain development program before seeking public office?
Texas Alliance for Life, a pro-life group based in Austin, came out in January to announce its endorsement of Canseco. In a letter, Joe Pojman, executive director of the group, said, “Our decision to support your campaign was based on your support for pro-life issues that are a priority for Texas Alliance for Life.”
There was no indication from Canseco on whether he would support a fetus if it were born gay.
Not to be outdone by himself, Canseco continued his freshman rhetoric on Thursday by showing his political history clearly began in 2010, and certainly not a day before President Obama became president, noting in a statement the nation’s housing crisis is
purely a function of the Obama economy.
One would think after recent performances in the national spotlight by Governor Rick Perry, Texas GOP cohorts would keep their mouths shut and run for cover. Not so, as Canseco clearly shows.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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