January 29, 2018
Days after the nation solemnly marked the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the woman at the helm of the nation's abortion giant has announced her retirement.
For over a decade, Cecile Richards has been President of Planned Parenthood -- an organization that has aborted more babies in the United States than any other entity.
Last year nearly one million babies lost their lives to abortion. One-third of them died in one of Richards' centers. She has made no public announcement about her future, though many on the Left are calling for her to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the former governor of Texas, Ann Richards.
Politics was Cecile Richards' specialty at Planned Parenthood. News outlets sympathetic to her goals, like Buzzfeed, go so far as to give her personal credit for tightening the Democratic party platform's embrace of abortion without apology.
Remember when Democrats used to call for abortion to be "safe, legal, and rare"? That's apostasy for today's Democratic party. Party leaders have now made it crystal clear that if you hold pro-life views, you are not welcome.
Richards goes out with a bang. According to Planned Parenthood's recently released 2016-2017 report, the abortion leader brought in almost 1.5 billion dollars in revenue last year -- an increase of more than $100 million from the year before.
Compare the number of babies Planned Parenthood helped take out of the world to the number it helped come in: Last year it claims 321,384 abortions compared to just under 8,000 prenatal services.
Taxpayers are still Planned Parenthood's primary funding source. Taxpayers were forced to give the nation's abortion leader over $500 million tax dollars last year, according to its report. Most of that money comes from federal funding that Congress could stop.
Revenues were not the only thing rising at Planned Parenthood. The heat has been steadily rising on this organization due to the video-supported allegations that Planned Parenthood traffics in body parts from the babies it aborts. Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced a forthcoming investigation into Planned Parenthood's alleged involvement in selling fetal tissue for profit.
As Richards changes her occupation, pray that she might have a change of heart as well.
There have been spectacular conversions in the pro-life movement: Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, and former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, were both abortion crusaders-turned-pro-life activists. After peddling terrible lies in the name of abortion, they brought many, many more people to the light.
Imagine what a conversion of this abortion titan would do.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.