Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, is desperate. Speaking on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, she claimed that US House leaders attempts to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood have nothing to do with the budget or the deficit, but have to do with “a political vendetta against women’s health care.”
While attempting to defend the $300 million that the nation’s largest abortion provider receives from the government, Richards admitted that at Planned Parenthood: “We work just like a hospital.” Really? That’s interesting. Because Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill this week that requires surgical abortion clinics to be regulated as hospitals or outpatient surgical centers. And Planned Parenthood complained bitterly. But I digress.
Asked about abortion, Richards repeated her usual line that 97% of Planned Parenthood’s provided services are for preventive care and 3% are for abortions. Is that misleading? Well, the fact is 11% of Planned Parenthood’s patients get abortions.
Richards is totally incapable of engaging in a principled debate. She can’t justify abortion, so instead she uses deceptive words to mislead the public and personal attacks to vilify pro-life advocates. Her job, though, includes representing an organization that kills innocent human life. She has left herself no choice but to resort to such tactics.