Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards does indeed “embrace controversy” and an agenda of death

By Dave Andrusko

Cecile Richards, PPFA President

Cecile Richards, PPFA President

I receive probably four or five different business magazines via the Internet. A couple of them would seem to be heading for oblivion while one or two are downright fascinating.

I had never heard of “Fast Company” until today when the Google alert I have that gives me a heads-up whenever attention is being lavished on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards showed me that she’d given an interview to Mary Pilon.

Here’s the headline (and subhead):

Planned Parenthood’s President On Reproductive Rights: “These Issues Shouldn’t Be Partisan Issues”
Almost a century into Planned Parenthood’s history and after almost a decade as its president, Cecile Richards still embraces controversy

Here are some of the “highlights”:

The interview begins with the customary softball (in essence, you are so brave for taking on all those troglodytes). To which Richards essentially answers that to Planned Parenthood criticism is like spitballs off a battleship. Besides, if we believe Ms. Richard, it just goes to show you how resourceful they are:

[W]e are good at taking lemons and making lemonade—Dawn Laguens, who runs our Washington operation, says we’re like a permanent lemonade stand. Patients, former patients, current patients came out of the woodwork [to offer their support]. It was like this enormous alumni association of Planned Parenthood. Oh, my God, it was great.

Planned Parenthood is a $1.3 billion corporation, whose tentacles extend everywhere. They are a darling of philanthropies, welcomed with open arms on campus, and are the beneficiaries of hundreds of millions of dollars from state government and the federal government. “Lemonade stand”? Not exactly.

Pilon then asks about the “paradox,” between on the one hand, Planned Parenthood’s rivers of money and (we’re told) many more supporters, “Yet,” on the other hand “what’s happened in the courts and in certain states seems to be in direct opposition to Planned Parenthood’s goals. What’s going on there?”

Ebb and flows, Richards answers, and already Republican candidates are coming around on “women’s health.” If we understand that “women’s health” is code for abortion, this is preposterously inaccurate and misleading.

In spite of mountains of money, in 2014 pro-abortion candidates took a tremendous hit, which is why the Abortion Establishment is attempting to weave support for abortion into a kind of seamless garment of death.

You can read the interview so let me highlight just one other Richards’ response.

Richards tells Pilon that

So many things have become hyperpartisan, [but] this isn’t about a political battle. In fact, these issues shouldn’t be partisan issues. The millions of patients we see each year, they’re not coming because they want to make a political statement. “

Let’s see if I get this straight. PPFA’s political action arm spends more than the gross national product of some countries to obliterate pro-life candidates but “this” isn’t partisan, even though support for Republicans is as rare as hen’s teeth.

If Richards’ point is that women who come to PPFA don’t come to make a political statement, then there are two responses. First, it is not uncommon for PPFA to try to sign them up to vote. Second, protecting and extending and multiplying abortion is at the core of PPFA’s “mission,” an agenda which they use every resource at their disposal to promote.

As we have explained, in its 2013 annual report, there are three services listed which inherently presume a woman is pregnant– abortion, prenatal care, and adoption referrals.

Totaled together, those three equal 348,217 services. As a percentage of these three services that Planned Parenthood performs specific to pregnant women, abortion represents 94.1%.

Put another way, in 2013, Planned Parenthood said it saw 2.7 million clients. 327,653 women had abortions. That means that 12.1%–or about one out of every eight patients who walks through a clinic door–has an abortion.

That’s a different kind of ‘fast company’ to be in–the merchants of death.