By Geneva Sands - 03/16/12 04:43 PM EDT
"Mitt Romney is coming to Illinois and looking for support from women, but here's what women need to know about Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney says he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood, ending federal support for critical healthcare services," says the narrator in the ad.
The video — titled "Mitt Romney: Wrong for Women & Wrong for Illinois" and released just days before Illinois's primary on Tuesday — accuses Romney of supporting legislation that would block access to affordable contraception.
"Despite Mitt Romney's attacks on women's healthcare, he's being supported by prominent local politicians. What are they thinking?" concludes the video.
Romney said he would support ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but has not called for an end to the organization.
“Planned Parenthood is a private organization. What I want to get rid of is the federal funding of Planned Parenthood,” Romney said to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The issue of Planned Parenthood came up when the former Massachusetts governor was asked what federal programs he would cut to reduce the deficit.
"Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that's the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs, but we just can't afford to borrow money to pay for these things,"said Romney in an interview with KSDK Wednesday.
Romney's campaign headed to Illinois Friday morning for a meet-and-greet at Pancakes Eggcetera restaurant in Rosemont, ahead of the critical primary.
The DNC held a press conference outside the restaurant to attack the GOP front-runner for his comments about Planned Parenthood.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), whose district includes Romney's campaign stop, called Romney "too extreme" for voters.
"Mitt Romney has come to my district and the the suburbs of Chicago to appeal to moderates, to Republicans and to women, and we are here to alert to women in particular that Mitt Romney is too extreme," said Schakowsly on Friday.
The Illinois primary will be held next Tuesday, and with 69 delegates at stake it is the biggest primary until New York in late April.
Romney is leading the GOP field in the state, according to a Fox Chicago News-We Ask America poll released Friday. Romney is at 37 percent, followed by Rick Santorum at 31 percent, Newt Gingrich at 14 percent and Ron Paul at 8 percent.