Planned Parenthood follows Romney campaign with a giant packet of birth control pills

Supporters of Planned Parenthodd now chant wherever Romney goes: “Get your Mitts off our birth control.” Photo: A blue Pillamina appears at an Oregon rally AP

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 — Planned Parenthood has upped the ante in the campaign wars, by sending out a woman costumed as a package of birth control pills to shadow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney from Oregon to Ohio to New Hampshire and now Michigan, highlighting his opposition to contraception.

Called Pillamina, the mascot plans to trail Romney wherever he is campaigning, including today in Troy, Michigan where he will be attending a fundraiser this evening. Pillamina is a soft, almost plush, life-size birth control pack, usually pink, but sometimes blue. Pillamina is seen as a way to let Romney and Republicans know that women are watching.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards said that her organization is taking this action to stress the fact that birth control is “an economic issue for women —period. That’s something that President Obama clearly understands and that Mitt Romney simply doesn’t.”

A pink Pillamina on the campaign trail. Planned Parenthood

Birth control advocates across the country are now following Mitt Romney on the road to let him know that “his opposition to birth control is harmful and out of touch with their needs.”

The action highlights the commitment of Planned Parenthood to fight back this election, including the $1.4 million ad buy, which slams Romney and supports President Obama.

What initiated Pillamina’s pilgrimage is Romney’s objection to Obama’s birth control coverage mandate, which he has labeled a violation of religious freedom. Add to this, Romney also is against Planned Parenthood and has vowed  “to get rid” of the organization if he is elected president.

Richards also pointed out that Romney has said he has doubts that the  Supreme Court decision to strike down state restrictions on birth control was the correct decision and, of course, he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

A reminder to Romney that men support birth control too. Planned Parenthood

This has propelled many women to move into protest mode, chanting, wherever Romney goes: “Get your Mitts off our birth control.”

Michigan was selected as a stop for Pillamina’s appearance because of the brouhaha that erupted last week in the Michigan state legislature when two Democratic women legislators were banned from the floor for daring to use the words “vagina” and “vasectomies” during a debate over abortion.

How very different are our times from 1970 when Pillamina first appeared with President Nixon who famously said, “No American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.”

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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