Rush Limbaugh set the stage for extremist violence against Planned Parenthood today by equating them to death squads.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “So they say now in the Huffington Puffington Post that Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital way way back when it was originally founded was seeded with money from Latin American death squads. Let me ask you a question. What the difference in that that and the Democrats being funded and underwritten by Planned Parenthood and NARAL? If they’re not death squads, I don’t know what is. How many abortions every year? 1.73 million or something. Is the kind of stuff they are talking about Sneardly, the way we fight back. Okay so you say Romney’s Bain Capital founded by death squads, although that’s a dubious claim. What do you call Planned Parenthood, if that’s not a death squad? Who could disagree?”
Far from being a death squad, the vast majority of Planned Parenthood actually provides five times more cancer screenings than abortions.
According to the chart below, only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion services.
Rush Limbaugh was not only wrong about Planned Parenthood, but just days after the mass shooting in Wisconsin, his rhetoric sends a dangerous signal to right wing pro-life extremists.
By equating Planned Parenthood with death squads, Limbaugh was giving his listeners a justification for violence against Planned Parenthood and NARAL. With these remarks, Limbaugh has gone beyond opinion and jeopardized employees of Planned Parenthood and visitors to their clinics.
Rush Limbaugh must either apologize or set the record straight before his dangerous rhetoric gets someone hurt.