Planned Parenthood issued the following statement after Biden’s “Morning Joe” appearance.
The statement is very different that how the organization treated Brett Kavanaugh and included the compliment “Vice President Biden has a strong policy record on this issue. He has championed survivors.”
Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“We are glad to see Vice President Biden take a needed first step in addressing this issue head on. We now look to Biden to continue to push this conversation, and our country, forward.
“We cannot let this conversation devolve into the kind of shame and ridicule that too many survivors face. That ridicule is what keeps millions silent after they experience sexual violence or assault. That shame is what allows violence to continue.
“Vice President Biden has a strong policy record on this issue. He has championed survivors, and began the It’s On Us campaign, which took the needed stance that any real solution to sexual violence relies on men stepping up and taking personal responsibility — and should not rest on the backs of women to fix.
“Now is the time for Vice President Biden to demonstrate the right leadership to drive this conversation toward policy solutions. It is our job in this election to be a voice for our members, supporters, and the millions of patients who depend on Planned Parenthood health centers each year. And we fully understand the stakes of this moment, as our current President has spent his time in office attacking our health and our rights, undercutting sexual and reproductive health care, and trying to eliminate protections for sexual assault survivors. We need, and expect, someone who wants to hold the highest office in the land to push our country to have a real reckoning on sexual violence and assault — one that both includes personal responsibility, and gives survivors the hope of real solutions so that they never have to experience this trauma again.”
Per DailyCaller, when Christine Blasey-Ford came forward with her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, Planned Parenthood staunchly backed her, repeatedly issued statements in her support through both Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and organized protests and walkouts in her name.
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) September 27, 2018
On Monday, September 24, 2018, Planned Parenthood Action Fund organized a “National Walkout” in support of Ford and her allegations. “All you need to do is wear black and walk out — of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are — and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors,” the organization said in a press release.
The walkout was co-hosted by many other women’s groups, including the National Women’s Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and the Women’s March. About 46,000 people responding “going” on Facebook.
“Thank you, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. You should not have to relive your trauma, but we are grateful for your willingness and courage to share your story. We believe you, and we believe all survivors,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a September 27 statement.