The North Dakota Republican Party today called on Senator Heidi Heitkamp to return campaign dollars she received from a Planned Parenthood official.
“On July 22, forty-nine United States Senators signed a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services outlining their concerns and requesting a thorough investigation of Planned Parenthood and its actions,” their statement reads. “Senator Heidi Heitkamp however, has remained silent on the matter. If Senator Heitkamp is not going to condemn the acts of Planned Parenthood, the least she could do is return the $2,500 campaign contribution from Aimee Boone, a Planned Parenthood executive from Texas.”
I’d be surprised if that $2,500 was the extent of Heitkamp’s ties to Planned Parenthood. Back during the 2012 campaign cycle I noted that Heitkamp was in Texas fundraising with officials from Planned Parenthood and EMILY’S List, another pro-abortion group.
Not only that, but in the 2012 cycle Heitkamp’s “second largest campaign contributor was Planned Parenthood,” reported the Harvard Political Review. I’m assuming that’s counting contributions from people who work for Planned Parenthood.
According to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in 2014 Heitkamp had a 100 percent vote rating.
The recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s business operations have left people on both sides of the abortion debate shocked. I think that Heitkamp, who has clear political ties to Planned Parenthood and obviously shares much of their mission, owes her constituents her thoughts on the matter.