Hillary Clinton Gets Planned Parenthood Abortion Award, Pro-Life Advocates Rally
by Steven Ertelt
March 29, 2009
Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received an award from Planned Parenthood on Friday night that pro-life advocates complain is named for its racist founder. During the gala ceremony, pro-life advocates turned out in large numbers resulting in a sea of red shirts to show their opposition.
During the event, Clinton said that emphasizing and promoting abortion is a key issue in President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
She also defended taxpayer funded abortions for poor women.
“Here at home there are still too many women who are denied their rights because of income, opposition, and attitudes that they harbor,” she said.
While Clinton spoke an estimated 900 people filled the area along Discovery Green outside the George R. Brown convention center. The pro-life advocates wore red shirts and had a unified message that Clinton and Obama are wrong on abortion.
That extends to Obama’s decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy and force Americans to fund groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.
“We want this administration to know that we don’t want to pay for the death of all these children,” pro-life supporter Sheila Theisen told KHOU. “There’s no reason to be killing children. There’s no reason."
The Margaret Sanger award that Clinton received is named after the Planned Parenthood founder who has been criticized for harboring eugenics views.
“If Secretary Clinton were fully aware of the eugenicist past of Margaret Sanger, I cannot believe that she would be accepting an award in her name," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s political group, told LifeNews.com.
"Sanger broadly supported the eugenics movement, advocating for a superior race that was free of poor, immigrant, and minority citizens. She even spoke at a rally of the Ku Klux Klan,’ Dannenfelser explained. "Despite this evidence, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, has done little to distance itself from Sanger’s legacy."
Dannenfelser said the image of Planned Parenthood targeting minorities was reinforced when its affiliate staffers did not repudiate calls with pretend donors who wanted their money used for abortions of African-American babies.
Last year an Idaho Planned Parenthood employee was disciplined for accepting the donation.
Tony Perkins the head of the Family Research Council, said the event shows the Obama administration has close ties with the abortion industry.
"To many, it reinforces the strong alliance between the Obama administration and the radical pro-abortion crowd," he said.
"As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is the most visible American ambassador. What better way to show her support for the President’s newest export–overseas abortion–than share the stage with one of the federal government’s prime partners in that effort?" Perkins continued.
But Perkins wondered why the Obama administration would want to be associated with the abortion business.
"It’s an organization that fights to bar parents from the medical decisions of their 12-year-old daughters. According to videos in at least four states, Planned Parenthood has been involved in serial statutory rape cover-ups," he explained.
"Allegations in California point to an estimated $180 million of fraud. In at least two states, Planned Parenthood petitioned for the construction of abortion clinics under false pretenses," he said.
"Really, is this an award that anyone–including Hillary Clinton–should covet?" Perkins concluded.
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