Former television reporter Campbell Brown stopped by Morning Joe on Tuesday to discuss her New York Times piece on how Planned Parenthood’s partisanship — or “ideological purity” ultimately hurts the organization.
Brown, who describes herself as pro-choice and shared her belief that Planned Parenthood should continue to receive federal funding, took the organization to task for favoring Democrats. Despite their claims of non-partisanship, Brown explained, Planned Parenthood has not endorsed or directly given “a single penny” to a Republican this election cycle.
And when almost half your funding comes from the state and federal government, she argued, it behooves you to have friends on both sides. This isn’t the way it’s always been, she continued, citing the organization’s formerly close working relationship with Maine’s Senator Susan Collins that is, up until Collins failed Plannned Parenthood’s “purity test” when she supported Alito for the Supreme Court.
Compare this with the movement for marriage equality, she continued, which has been making more of an effort to forge relationships with supporters on both sides of the aisle — a move that Campbell credits with legalizing same-sex marriage in New York.
Maybe they’re “good” without support from Republicans, offered host Mika Brzezinski. Brown responded by asking how they can be “good” when there have been repeated efforts to cut their funding.
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