The Planned Parenthood Action Fund will open an 11-state bus tour in New Hampshire Saturday to highlight the Republican presidential ticket's record on women's issues, including abortion.
Just two days later, the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List organization will begin its own five-state bus tour critiquing the Obama administration on its record on abortion.
Both groups framed their actions in terms of the 2012 presidential election and pledged to take the candidates—Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden—to task. Both will hit swing states, such as Iowa, Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Susan B. Anthony List's tour will end at the GOP convention in Tampa when it kicks off later this month.
Planned Parenthood said it will emphasize women's health issues, access to birth control and abortion, as well as the Republican-fueled threat to defund the health services of the organization. The tour is called "Women are Watching," a theme the group has used for the last year to challenge the GOP in this presidential race.
The group told Lean Forward it did not release its full tour stop list due to security concerns but that it is concentrated on the East Coast and a few stops in the Midwest. It expects to cover 5,000 miles. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and women's health activist Sandra Fluke were expected to attend the New Hampshire event. Politicians, providers, and patients were expected to be featured at each stop.
The theme of Susan B. Anthony List's tour, "Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care," aims to spread the group's anti-abortion message with a focus on reaching the media, according to a staff member. The tour will hit 30 cities in five states: Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. The group said it expected Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, among other politicians and anti-abortion activists to be present at various stops along the way.