By Dave Andrusko
To her credit, Brzezinski was not a complete shill. When she asked, “How’s the outlook for Planned Parenthood?,” Brzezinski couched it in the context of a Congress that seeks to reroute federal funding away from PPFA to full service health care providers who do not provide abortions.
Richards, who is paid more than a $1 million in total compensation, responded as the CEO of the largest abortion provider (and $1 billion+ “non-profit”) would: “Never been more popular.”
What would a viewer learn? Well, for starters that Planned Parenthood is “non-partisan,” according to Richards. Yes, she actually said this with a more-or-less straight face.
Well, how much did PPFA’s political arm dole out the last election cycle? An FEC report “Planned Parenthood Votes” filed for the last two years showed a whopping $21,670, 777 in “Total Federal Disbursements.” To whom did it go? Don’t know.
But if you go to OpenSecrets.org’s breakdown of the Independent Expenditures for 2016, we learn
- Total Independent Expenditures: $14,046,338
- For Democrats: $5,030,652
- For Republicans: $1,728
- Against Republicans: $9,062,593
- Against Democrats: $6,670
Brzezinski’s questions included no fastballs high and tight, but there was one hanging curve thrown over the middle of the plate. After one of Richards’ boilerplate answers, Brzezinski asked
“But is that really what it’s all about? Are women, right now, in jeopardy of losing their health care, is that a fair assessment, or is Planned Parenthood in jeopardy of losing its funding?”
Richards was allowed to state, with no follow up query, that PPFA is incomparable, indispensable, and irreplaceable.
Finally, it went without saying, but Richards said it anyway, that the reduction in the number of abortions, abortion rate, and abortion ratio are all the product of Planned Parenthood’s marvelous work. Even PPFA’s old in-house think-tank, Guttmacher, concedes some unspecified percentage is the result of the passage of pro-life (“anti-choice”) legislation.
The last question and answer went like this:
Brzezinski: But you realize you have to cut a deal of some sort with this new administration in some way? Would you come to the table?
Richards: We’re always at the table. I mean we talk to everybody. I mean because Planned Parenthood, we’re non-partisan. We believe the most important thing is is that women in this country get access to the health care that they need.
Of course, this is preposterous. A “deal” could be cut quickly if PPFA got out of the abortion business which they insist is a tiny, tiny percentage of the “services” it offers (another falsehood).
Take five minutes and watch the video.