msnbc | October 03, 2012
>>> as we've been talking about, female voters in colorado are gearing up for the debate. that includes a campaign from planned parenthood to paint denver pink by openly questioning the republican candidate's position on women 's rights.
>> dear mitt romney , while you're here in colorado, i hope you'll answer a few questions. when you say --
>> planned parent head, going to get rid of that.
>> did young how important it was to women ? why do you want to put an end to save legal abortion? i'll be watching you for answers.
>> joining me now is plan t parenthood president cecile richards . how effective has this campaign that you've launched been and what kind of support questions that you're seeing from people out there who are curious exactly about where mitt romney stands or not when it comes to positions of planned parenthood ?
>> well, great to be on, thomas. thanks for having me. we've had thousands of women and men write in questions that they they'd like to have mr. romney answer and inn the ad really said it. the questions we're getting is mitt romney has said he's going to overturn roe versus wade , get rid of planned parenthood and end the national family program that provides cancer screenings to women every year. this is the question on women 's mind, and men's, what is his plan for women . seems he is committed to rolling back the clock on women 's health care .
>> when we talk more about what we've seen on the left like sandra fluke, an activist who has been thrust on to the political forefront and has embraced that to be a face of talking about a woman's right to choose and planned parenthood , how much awareness has she brought? i find it fascinatiing that not just women , but men. this isn't just a women 's issue, this is an issue for all.
>> that's right. it's incredible. there was a dpraet story today i think in gra mor magazine that just came out. a wonderful interview with the president. basically said that for women and again, for a lot of men, 99% of women use birth control and the exciting thing is now because president obama and the affordable care act , birth control is now for the first time going to be covered just like all other prescriptive medicine in this country and for no co-pay. i think for women , this is again, a health care issue, but a basic economic issue. for women to get their preventive care covered at no co-pay in america is a huge achievement. i don't think women are ready to go back.
>> and part of it -- there is a sense that somehow if federal government is not doing enough to shape how women make decisions about their own bodies and health. why do you think in modern times in 2012 , something settled a long time ago is such a hot button issue today?
>> well, honestly, for most, it's not a hot button issue. i really do think this is a place where mitt romney and paul ryan are way on the extreme of women 's health care issues. most of the folks in this country want to focus on the economy and rebuilding the economy. jobs. increasing access to health care , so it's incredible to me in planned parenthood that we would have a presidential candidate to say he's going to overturn roe, go backwards on that, and also repeal the health care act, which provides women now preventive care for the first time. actually, we can't be preventing from getting insurance because of a preexisting condition and i think third, which is extremely important for a lot of us, we can now cover our children on our health care plan. my three kids are on my plan as the result of the affordable care about and i definitely, that is an economic issue for me and millions of others of women and men in this country.
>> thanks for joining us from denver. i appreciate it.
>> thanks for having me, thomas.