By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
People magazine could be considered the bible of the pop culture world. It excels in presenting covers graced by beautiful babies, breathtaking brides, and adorable dogs.
Therefore, I found it a bit jarring recently when I opened People to find the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation, dressed in an apron bearing the likeness of her late mother, former Texas Governor Ann Richards. Cecile Richards was posing with a pie. The headline blared, “Planned Parenthood’s Wonder Woman,” but the scene looked as if it were straight out of a ‘50s home economics book.
Clearly, the magazine (and Planned Parenthood officials) were trying to portray abortion as American as Mom and cherry pie. The tribute piece stated that Richards was “fighting to preserve health-care access for millions” while devoting her down time to baking for her brood.
Ironies abound here. I could not stop thinking of the 320,000 children who will never get a chance to experience the taste of cherry pie—or the other delectable delicacies of life—because they died during one year’s worth of abortions at Planned Parenthood.
The article mentioned that Congress and the President were attempting to cancel $550 million in federal funds for “basic health services” including “cancer screenings.” But the piece failed to mention that the number of cancer screenings are actually down at Planned Parenthood facilities, while abortion totals are up.
And, since the phrase “cancer screenings” is not clearly defined, readers may assume that that means Mammograms. In fact, no Planned Parenthood in the nation performs Mammograms for its patients.
The profile also omitted the critical fact that the White House and legislative leaders want to shift funds to federally qualified health centers, which can provide more comprehensive care for women—minus lethal abortions.
It saddens me greatly that, while the article notes that Ms. Richards has three living children, she lost one child to abortion. I also grieve for the families of those 320,000 children who die from abortion each year at Planned Parenthood.
It’s unfortunate that the celebrity news magazine of record failed to report on the aftermath of that tremendous loss of life—the heartache, the sleepless nights, the substance abuse sought to dull the pain.
With national polls showing that most Americans oppose most abortions, it is a grave omission to fail to include the “other side of the story.” Why not show National Right to Life President Carol Tobias posing with cupcakes baked to support women facing challenging pregnancies? Why not depict Live Action’s Lila Rose with birthday cakes made to celebrate children whose mothers chose life?
Planned Parenthood is not in the baking business. It is in the business of selling abortion to women in vulnerable circumstances.
No amount of glossy magazine spreads can hide Planned Parenthood’s true agenda.