Cecile Richards’s contribution is not to the “prevention of human disease” but to multiplying the number of dead babies

By Dave Andrusko

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards

Have you ever heard of the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award? Me, neither.

It’s self-described thusly: “Since 1945, the [Lasker-Bloomberg ] Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major or advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease.”

Sounds pretty prestigious. Guess who won The 2017 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award?

Cecile Richards, head honcho of Planned Parenthood, whose chief claim to fame is she presides over a killing machine that brutally disposes of 330,000 babies every year–in the neighborhood of seven million since it rolled out the machinery of death.

The “human disease” for which PPFA is the “cure” is “unwanted” unborn babies.

The euphemism drenched summary for why she [PPFA] received the award is “for its 100-year history of advancing reproductive health and rights and advocating for greater access to health care for all people.”

On JAMA today, Richards posts an op-ed under the headline, “A Century of Progressing and Advancing Reproductive Health Care” [doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11957], touting Planned Parenthood’s all-purpose wonderfulness. Here are a couple of thoughts about Richards’ 1,271-word-long pat on PPFA’s institutional back.

#1. Kudos flow river-like to PPFA founder Margaret Sanger. Of course not a syllable about Sanger’s eugenicist instincts or that Sanger saw PPFA’s organizational purpose as “nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who would become defective.”

#2. “Despite hard work across the public health sector, people of color in the United States are disproportionately unable to access and benefit from quality health care, including cancer screenings and preventive care,” Richards writes. As NRL News Today has explained on numerous occasions, according to PPFA’s latest annual report, the number of cancer screenings are actually down at Planned Parenthood facilities, while abortion totals are up from the year before.

And just to be clear, no Planned Parenthood in the nation performs mammograms for its patients. Roughly 35% of all babies aborted in the U.S. die at PPFA abortion clinics.

#3. Reading her op-ed, you’d think PPFA is just a selfless servant. Nothing about being a $1.3 billion dollar ”non-profit,” or the recipient annually of a half-billion dollars from the federal government.

As Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC director of education and research, has explained on many occasions, PPFA is the antithesis of the “Mom and Pop” abortion clinic. They are consolidating like mad, shedding clinics that are not as profitable (those that don’t perform abortions), as part of a restructuring program (as one CEO proudly put it) that is culminating in a “stronger powerhouse affiliate.”

#4. Richards’ concluding paragraph reads

Just as Planned Parenthood has done for 100 years, it will continue to increase access to reproductive health care for all people. Each day, physicians, clinicians, and staff continue to open the doors of Planned Parenthood health centers across the country to provide high-quality, compassionate care. Planned Parenthood will continue to advocate and fight against restrictive and burdensome policies aimed at restricting health care access for millions of people.


(a) More abortions at larger abortion clinics which tend to be close to (if not actually located in) urban areas with high numbers of women of color.

(b) Fighting any and all limitations–no matter how widely supported by the public–that would cut into PPFA’s lucrative abortion business.

A “century of progressing”? For PPFA, yes, but not the millions of babies whose lives have been ended at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.