Planned Parenthood was a major talking point during the GOP’s second debate and the White House certainly took notice.
On the day of the debate, White House spokesman Josh Earnest blamed Republicans for focusing on Planned Parenthood on the brink of a government shutdown.
“The way that Republicans, including some Republican candidates last night, have injected this ideological issue in the midst of the budget debate, has made it more difficult to reach a bipartisan budget debate and does have consequences of the ability of the Congress to reach a budget agreement, which also has significant consequences for our economy,” Earnest said, The Hill reported.
He added: “The president is hopeful that this will be one of those rare instances in which common sense will actually prevail on Capitol Hill.”
The looming battle over the women’s healthcare provider is not unlike the one that preceded the two-week shut down of the government, which was sparked by a partisan battle over ObamaCare in 2013. “I’m not really sure what the Republican fascination is with taking healthcare away from millions of American families, but it’s not something the president is going to agree with,” Earnest said.
The debate on Planned Parenthood, obsessive or not, was at times factually inaccurate. For example, Carly Fiorina’s harrowing account of seeing "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” in the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, isn’t true. Vox reports that there was no such instance in the 12 hours of footage.