Defining hypocrisy: Rep. Daphne Campbell RSVPs for tmrw.’s Planned Parenthood rally

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Look up the word ‘hypocrisy’ in the dictionary and you just might see a picture of Rep. Daphne Campbell next to it.

During the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Campbell was booed and hissed at by her Democratic colleagues for voting for a Republican abortion bill and quoting the Bible on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Rep. Campbell responded by holding one of the most bizarre press conferences ever seen in Tallahassee.

Despite this passionate defense of her anti-abortion views then, Rep. Campbell has RSVP’d to a rally tomorrow hosted by Planned Parenthood.  According to Rep. Campbell’s aide, Janice Shackelford, she has the event on her schedule, but is unsure if the Representative will actually attend the event, the purpose of which, according to this website, is to “thank our elected officials who have defended women’s health care.”

Evidently, the organizers of the rally are just fine with Rep. Campbell’s presence at the event. “We appreciate Representative Campbell for attending the Women’s Health Matters Rally and recognizing that the community can count on Planned Parenthood for a wide range of preventive health services,” says Takeata King Pang, communications manager for the organization.  “We work every day to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy.  We are happy to see elected officials like Rep. Campbell supporting Planned Parenthood’s mission.”

Yet, despite this sentiment, something tells me the folks at tomorrow’s rally may have something else to say to Rep. Campbell other than “thank you.”

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