March 24, 2017
There's something else you can add to the list of services Planned Parenthood doesn't provide -- honesty. Truth-telling hasn't exactly been a hallmark of Cecile Richards's group, but lately, they're selling more fiction than Amazon. With Congress dangerously close to pulling the plug on $550 million in taxpayer funding, America's biggest abortion business is serving up plenty of whoppers in a desperate attempt to keep the dollars flowing.
And Richards's latest is stunning. In a rant about the House health care bill, she claims, "There isn't really any place else for these folks to go if they can't go to Planned Parenthood." Not only is that an outright lie, it's an insult to the intelligence of millions of Americans who know that there aren't just other options for women -- there are better options that provide comprehensive healthcare! And that's where GOP leaders want to redirect our money. Sure, Planned Parenthood has 662 clinics across the country, but there are 13,540 community health centers that offer a full spectrum of services that Cecile Richards's group doesn't. Including mammograms. Those same centers served 21.7 million patients in 2013 -- 19 million more than Planned Parenthood! So when Richards claims that passing the American Health Care Act "would be catastrophic for women," what she really means is that it would be catastrophic for her abortion business.
In one of the most offensive ironies, Cecile also had the gall to say that the House bill was devastating for "women of color." If you know anything about Planned Parenthood, you know that it was built on the back of Margaret Sanger's eugenics. Years later, her legacy lives on in the group's business model, which intentionally preys on minority women. How do we know that? Simple: 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical facilities were built within walking distance of African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods. And that's no coincidence. Richards knows better than anyone that black babies are aborted at a rate five times higher than whites. So while she likes to tweet that "black lives matter" she is not telling the whole story, they matter because it is a key part of their business model.
For her closing argument, Cecile says that repealing Obamacare would make it "harder [for women] to have a healthy pregnancy." That's ironic, since her group makes it harder to have a pregnancy, period! Even placing a baby for adoption is a struggle. When a pregnant woman walks into a Planned Parenthood facility, she's 160 times more likely to receive an abortion than an adoption referral.
Fortunately, the White House and GOP are on to the organization and are doing everything they can, not just to protect children -- but taxpayers too. In the bill debated today, Republican leaders are living up to their promise to restore pro-life principles to health care. As Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said, "House Republicans made a commitment to life. The time is now to make that commitment a reality."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.