Hartman supported taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood
Wichita, KS – The Pompeo for Congress Campaign today released a new television advertisement affirmatively stating Mike Pompeo’s position on the sanctity of life, and showing the differences between candidates on the central issue for many conservative voters.
“This new advertisement highlights Mike Pompeo’s life long commitment to his faith, and to the sanctity of life,” noted Rodger Woods, Pompeo for Congress campaign manager. “Mike isn’t new to this issue; he has a strong record of supporting pro-life candidates and causes.”
Mike Pompeo is the only candidate in the 4th District race endorsed by Kansans for Life and has been active in the campaigns of pro-life leaders such as Senator Sam Brownback and Wichita City Councilwoman Sue Schlapp, among others. Mike Pompeo’s commitment to defending life, from conception to natural death, stems from his deeply held Christian faith and his belief in the uniqueness and value of every human life. Mike’s commitment to these issues were reinforced by his becoming an uncle to a niece and nephew who were adopted by Mike’s sister when two Kansaswoman chose life. Mike saw first-hand how his nephew James came into this world because committed pro-life volunteers came alongside a brave woman to help create a blessed outcome.
Although Wink Hartman has stated that he is “100% pro-life” during his current bid for Congress, he has not provided a complete picture to pro-life voters. In his own direct mail piece, Wink Hartman has called Planned Parenthood “an abortion provider.” Yet during one of his previous campaigns for office, Hartman told the Wichita Eagle that he supported the use of taxpayer funds for Planned Parenthood. Hartman referred to Planned Parenthood as “a self-help program” that should be prioritized when spending taxpayer dollars. Hartman went on to suggest that directing tax dollars to Planned Parenthood would “save the big dollars later on in the years to come.”
Apparently speaking about unwanted pregnancies, Hartman explained his support for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood by saying “So let’s take these items that we can take and stop something that is going to cause higher crime, higher unemployment, greater welfare, take those programs that do nothing more than fester those, let’s put our small dollars up front and try and stop the problem before it becomes great, rather than try and throw a lot of government money at it at the end.”
“The idea of using tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood as a means of achieving long term government cost savings is, frankly, difficult to fathom,” stated Woods.
“Going from advocating for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, to being ‘100% pro-life’ is a tremendous, and welcome, change. However, the question for pro-life voters is not belief, but proven leadership,” said Woods. “Until he filed for office last year, Mr. Hartman had made no public indication that his view on the abortion issue had changed. He had not publicly supported pro-life candidates or been active with pro-life organizations. He has not even cared enough to vote for pro-life candidates in Kansas in any of the critical elections here in the last eight years.”
“Kansas voters don’t need to guess, they can count on Mike to protect life and stand firmly against the Obama and Pelosi agenda,” Woods concluded. “Many who care very deeply, Kansans for Life, Concerned Women for America, and former Ambassador to the Vatican Professor Mary Ann Glendon have put their trust in Mike Pompeo.”
Statement of Wink Hartman from Wichita Eagle interview:
Q: You’ve all said we need to put priority on the basic services. Could you give me a couple of examples with what you see as the social programs, what ones should be cut, and maybe what ones should be maintained?
Hartman: I would suggest to you that they sound better to me, let’s call them self-help programs because those are the programs that I would prioritize in that grouping. Meals on Wheels. Planned Parenthood. These types of programs, with what few monies we must put in these programs up front, are going to save the big dollars later on in the years to come.
So let’s take these items that we can take and stop something that is going to cause higher crime, higher unemployment, greater welfare, take those programs that do nothing more than fester those. Let’s put our small dollars up front and try and stop the problem before it becomes great, rather than try and throw a lot of government money at it at the end.
Q: The two you mentioned as examples are two that would?
Hartman: Planned Parenthood and Meals-on-Wheels are two of several examples of programs that – those are short dollars or inexpensive dollars to help those people, compared to letting, if there is a problem there, continue for a number of years where its going to take a great deal of money to get ourselves out of that proverbial hole government sometimes finds itself in.