Planned Parenthood Action Fund Slams Racist Ron Johnson Radio Ads Targeting Latino Community
Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433
Today, a super PAC supporting Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson targeted the Latino community with race-baiting Spanish language radio ads that demonize the services many people turn to Planned Parenthood for daily.
Statement from Daniela Ramirez, Assistant Director of Latino Media, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“This ad is offensive, racist, and has no basis in reality. Does Ron Johnson really think that Latina women are somehow less capable of making their own personal health care decisions than other women? Ron Johnson’s attacks on reproductive health care and access to safe, legal abortion are a direct attack on our community and we will not stand for it.
“Ron Johnson has spent the last 6 years voting to block access to reproductive health care for people in Wisconsin. Using race-baiting to further an ideological attack on women is a shameful new low. Ron Johnson does not understand the very real barriers that Latina women face when trying to access high-quality preventive and reproductive health care in Wisconsin. And that’s why we can’t afford another six years of Ron Johnson.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate. Russ Feingold has proven himself to be a champion for reproductive health care when he served as a U.S. senator from 1993 through 2010 — actions that won him a 100% rating on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Scorecard. Feingold will protect Planned Parenthood’s ability to deliver affordable health care to millions of patients across the country. This is in stark contrast to his opponent Ron Johnson, who has taken every opportunity to restrict access to birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Background:Ron Johnson is dangerous for Wisconsin women.
Ron Johnson has voted SEVEN times to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood.
Ron Johnson thinks Roe v. Wade was a “real tragedy.”
Ron Johnson doesn’t think abortion is an issue that Wisconsin cares about, saying “it's not even an issue here in Wisconsin.”
Ron Johnson once told women who can’t get birth control to just “go online, type it in”
Ron Johnson wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has ensured women can no longer be charged more for health insurance because of their gender, and called it "the greatest single assault on our freedom in our lifetime." 55 million women now have access to no-copay birth control because of the ACA.
Background: Latino Support for Abortion
The majority of Latino voters believe women should have the right to make their own decisions about having an abortion even if they do not agree themselves, according to a recent poll commissioned by NLIRH.
In addition, 69 percent of Latino voters said they believe abortion should remain legal regardless of whether church leaders oppose it.
The poll finds that most Latinos still aren't aware of the state laws restricting abortion access that have been passed over the last few years. When they learned about the laws, however, 65 percent of the Latino voters surveyed in Spanish said they thought the state laws were a step in the wrong direction.
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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.