Georgia 6th: Ossoff slams Handel’s ‘nonsense’ Planned Parenthood stance

    Democrat Jon Ossoff holds a roundtable with women’s health advocates in Roswell. AJC/Greg Bluestein.

They talked of astronomical medical bills. Never-ending fights with insurance companies. A driving desire for more preventive care.

Democrat Jon Ossoff held a roundtable Friday with women’s health advocates and breast cancer survivors as his campaign stepped up the attack on Republican Karen Handel’s stint at a breast-cancer charity.

A split on abortion is one of the starkest contrasts between the two candidates in the nationally-watched June 20 runoff to represent suburban Atlanta’s 6th District. And both candidates are banking that their positions will energize their supporters in the final stretch of the race.

The two rivals have traded ads and accusations in the last week over Handel’s short-lived tenure at the Susan G. Komen Foundation and its high-profile aftermath. And Friday’s event was also an attempt by Ossoff to remind potential Handel supporters of that episode.

 


 

Joined by his fiancée Alisha Kramer, a medical student studying to be an OB-GYN physician, the advocates urged him to expand access to Planned Parenthood and double-down on the Affordable Care Act.

More: Read about the abortion debate dividing the candidates at MyAJC.

The cost of my treatment was astronomical,” said Jenny Itkins, a retired nurse and breast cancer survivor. “Why? I know that it’s money. It’s greed. But I don’t understand why we’re not focused on why we can’t just provide healthcare for our citizens.”

Melissa Pike, a former chair of Cobb’s Democratic party, told Ossoff that he should fight to defy Republicans in Congress who have sought to restrict federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions as well as breast cancer screenings and preventive care.  

“We have to have the actual Planned Parenthood facilities open,” said Pike. “And by defunding Planned Parenthood, they’ve dramatically reduced the access to those preventive health services.”

Ossoff said the discussion reminded him that the healthcare debate in Congress is about “families, lives, people who are under immense stress already.”

The focus on Handel’s time at the Susan G. Komen Foundation was inevitable as the campaign became a running battle between national Democrats and Republicans. As vice president for policy, she engineered the foundation’s 2012 decision to halt its partnerships with Planned Parenthood. She resigned soon after amid a furious backlash that alienated many staunch supporters of the charity.

In an interview, Handel said she would push to boost funding for community health centers – there are four in the district and no Planned Parenthood facilities – because they are more accessible to residents.

“They are the front lines of healthcare for poor women, and they offer services everyone needs access to,” she said of the health centers. “I want to see more dollars go there so we really are offering more women access to healthcare.”

Asked about her position after Friday’s roundtable, Ossoff called it “nonsense.”

“We need both,” he said. “What we don’t need is for career politicians to be imposing their rigid personal views at the expense of public health in Georgia.”

Handel spokeswoman Kate Constantini said if Ossoff was the “independent thinker he claims to be” he would back more funding for community health centers already in the district.

“What is nonsense is a 30-year-old man with no experience playing identity politics with women’s health,” she said.

More: Read about the abortion debate dividing the candidates at MyAJC.

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282 comments
Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Its murder. No mater what any one says you cant tell me killing babies is right.

William
William

Extremely excited and hopeful for a young leader for our district. Voting for Jon Ossoff.

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weetamoe

The real issue is that an AJC writer is endorsing a democrat political candidate

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Teresa Nichols
Teresa Nichols

Jon OSSOFF I asked you a question what is your view on marijuana Jon it would be nice because Georgians would like an answer. I have asked you this question many times now along with Michael Williams along with Karen Handel so all three of y'all don't believe you need to answer a question from someone your needing there vote

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Polly Walden
Polly Walden

John Buning let's look at your hipocracy - it is ok for a woman and the government to kill an innocent baby, but not for a woman and kids to be killed in war? Too bad men and women do not control their own bodies so that every pregnancy is a wanted one. But that's not how the real world works. You have men messing around on their spouses that want to be able to abort an inconvenient baby, and you have women that try to trap men by getting pregnant, or that have a kid so they can sponge off the tax payer. No one has the right to kill a bay (abortion). There are unfortunately times, like in a war, or natural disaster, when people - men, women, and children- die through no acts of their own. It does not make this right. Yet what is being discusse here is not a natural disaster, or war. This is a war being declared on the unborn. They have done nothing. I guess it is too much to expect a grown man to have the ability to keep it is his pants. Or is it too much to expect a grown woman to cross her legs? If they forget, or choose not to use birth control should they not be the ones to pay for their decission? Why should an innocent child pay for their bad decissions?

Polly Walden
Polly Walden

Is it surprising that a man would want a woman able to abort a child? Makes you wonder - could this be from the fear they might one day have a woman end up pregnant that isn't their wives, and want the ability to get rid of the inconvenient baby?

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Jon Ossoff couldn't even vote for himself during the primary. I am not sure Ossoff has ever been registered to vote in Georgia since he announced his congressional candidacy. 


At least now, due to a judge's ruling, Ossoff can at least say he can actually vote for himself come June 20, 2017.  Simply showing up one day with his pockets full of out-of-state DNC funding and demanding a congressional seat is not the right way to gain confidence with Georgia voters. 

Nicholas Johnson
Nicholas Johnson

Hate to say it but let them do it. They're just gonna neglect and mistreat the child anyway.

Cobbian
Cobbian

Ossoff makes an important point when he looks at what will happen to health care under the Republican plan just approved.  And, when he notes that Handel will just go along with the rest of her party.  


Handel is not a creative thinker or a strong leader.  She made a mess when she was Secretary of State and she made a mess when she went to Komen.  


What the Republicans have come up with on repeal/replace the ACA is going to be a disaster.  It attempts to turn back the clock, return the health care industry to the insurance industry, which ended up not providing a system that provides accessible and affordable care to people.  That system failed before.  It will fail again.  It will make insurance - and therefore access to health care - again unaffordable to tens of millions of people.  Handel doesn't have the heart, the brains, or the gumption to work for what is best for all of us - she will go along to get along.  


All of us who voted to "clean out the swamp" in Washington need to recognize that the swamp denizens include party aparachniks on the Republican side as well as the Democrat side.  We are not going to "make American great again" by reducing the ability of American people to access health care.  Trump promised he wouldn't do that and then he did.  Don't silently sit by as millions of people lose health care coverage.  We need a Congress that works for all of us, not just the wealthy.

Janice McMahan
Janice McMahan

Can't believe a liar puppet security guard nobody !!!!! N

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Say no to socialism in Georgia, it's only for the weak and mindless

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

ya mean Ossoff(Darth Vader) who claims to want high tech jobs etc??? really ? and lower taxes etc?? mouthing GOP goals....good way to trick the voters into thinking he is the GOP candidate.....

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

and how many baby killings will he fund??? or has he invested in the baby part selling scheme?

John Woods
John Woods

Assoff is and forever will be Pelosi's Puppet...

Gerald Gunnell
Gerald Gunnell

All you silly community organizers go ahead and vote this moron into life..., You'll be sorry

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

That boy is wrong just like every other Democrat

Jeff Fox
Jeff Fox

I slam John Ossoff for being nonsense!

Wade W Johnson
Wade W Johnson

Did I see where Ossoff has just slams those who are against murdering little humans??

Jay Ansley
Jay Ansley

He's a liberal and any mention of babies rights vs abortion is reason to trash an opponent............MPA

Robert Willett
Robert Willett

Troll you haven't a clue. Goose step home to the fuhrer.

Scott Ard
Scott Ard

We don't need another far left liberal

scooderpup
scooderpup

Such a mature and educated comment. True member of the uneducated party.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

I have five years of security clearance he said like 5,000 times. Up until someone checked. It was five months........

Mary Blocker
Mary Blocker

He and his supports are ridiculous. Vote Handel! \U0001f609

scooderpup
scooderpup

Yay for the uneducateds. She doesn't have a degree just like the rest of her party!

Jeremey Fulk
Jeremey Fulk

Might be able to clear everything up if Handel would show up for a debate.

scooderpup
scooderpup

She's too chicken. She has no platform except anti democratic lower taxes for billionaires. I'd love to see a debate though. He'd destroy her. That's why she won't ........

Adrian Medley
Adrian Medley

Yes he is big believer in killing as many babies and statics show them to mostly not to be white babies that planned parenthood kills. So the bottom line is Ossoff wants to kill unborn black children. So vote for him if you agree.

scooderpup
scooderpup

She's a big believer in letting 24 million of her fellow Americans lose insurance, and I'm sure a few fetuses would be in that number. I'm going to lose mine and I'm not happy about setting up to fund me sites if I get sick. Other countries are so much smarter and Christian like than our oligarchy.

Hank Quinn
Hank Quinn

I am very hopeful and pray Jon Ossoff wins this election. I am excited to cast my vote for him.

Jerry H Holloway
Jerry H Holloway

Did you expect a liberal democrat to do anything different?

Robert Willett
Robert Willett

.......than enact policies which force poor people to wait until they have to go to the emergency room for health care? Of the two candidates who do you think is killing more people?

scooderpup
scooderpup

Taxpayers money should not go for golf vacations every week.