Mitchell Reports | January 23, 2012
>>> thousands of anti-abortion activists are hold ago rally to protest the roe v. wade decision.
>> with your help this bipartisan majority is standing up for life and working to restore the damage yard to roe.
>> cecil rich arouards the president of planned parenthood and joins us now. all of the republicans have put out statements, all of those running for office, they are very much on the other side of the issue, all those there are questions about mitt romney 's past positions pro and con, but they are now firmly against legalized abortions, abortions being available in various forms. what are the challenges now facing the movement for the right to abortions.
>> roe v. wade is settled law and this country continues to support safe and legal abortion. we see the race to the bottom on who can be the most against women health care access. and it's far beyond roe, what we are seeing is republican nominees committing to end the national family planning program and overturn decades of progress of reducing unintended pregnancy in the country.
>> we are seeing initiatives. it was rejected in mississippi, to define when life begins which would impact stem cell research and say nothing of invitro.
>> they have embraced in personhood initiative. it was rejected in the state of mississippi as being too extreme. it could outlaw common forms of birth control and put at risk invitro procedures that many couples rely on having a safe pregnancy. what will be interesting, what we are seeing right now, particularly i know you are down in tampa, what we are seeing in the are republican primary is this move to the far right, what they are forgetting, it's abandoning what i think of as traditional conservative republican values, it was senator barry goldwater 's wife thatgoldwater's wife that helped form the first planned parenthood . we're seeing a real change. i think what they're forgetting is women will be the majority of the voters in november and women are watching. they're paying attention. i keep hearing from republican and independent women .
>> thank you very much.
>> thanks andrea.