Ohio State Senator: 'G.O.P. Stands for Get Out of My Panties'

November 19, 2012 - 11:26 AM

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Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland, 25th District). (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) attended a Planned Parenthood press conference last week wearing a pink t-shirt with an elephant on it, images of women’s panties, and a  sentence that read, “G.O.P.  Get Out of My Panties!!!”

At the press conference, Turner opened her coat  to reveal the t-shirt and said, “Here is the message to the GOP.” Standing next to her, Stephanie Knight, CEO of Planned Parenthood, then said, “For those in the back of the room who can’t read this, senator, would you like to say what it says?”

“Yes, GOP stands for ‘get out of our panties’ and that’s exactly what I want the GOP to do,” said Sen. Turner. “the Grand Old Party wants to go back to the days when women were barefoot and pregnant, home to make dinner by 5 p.m.”

“And they claim to be pro-life, but what does pro-life mean?” said Turner. “A party that supports abstinence-only sex education and opposes contraception access, well, they cannot call them selves pro-life. A party, in the words of [New York Times columnist] Thomas Friedman, that believes the sanctity of human life begins at conception but it ends at birth is certainly not pro-life.”

Turner also criticized the Ohio GOP for apparently supporting gun rights legislation, cuts in education spending, and cuts in local government spending.

“Can you hear us now?” said Turner.  “This t-shirt is exactly what we’re saying to you.”

“It’s funny that they want small government,” she said, adding, “they want government small enough to fit in a woman’s womb.”

Planned Parenthood held the Nov. 13 press conference at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a Republican-backed bill that would reallocate $2 million that Planned Parenthood currently receives in state funds to other women’s health and community health centers.  Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation.