President George W. Bush’s daughter is straying from her father’s pro-life policies and supporting the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.
In a new interview with the New York Times, the young Barbara Bush sat down with the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, to talk about global health care over lunch. At one point, Bush called Richards’ abortion business an “exceptional organization” – a statement that runs contrary to her father’s pro-life legacy.
The Bush daughter runs an organization called Global Health Corps that supports young leaders in health care across the world. She told the newspaper that her organization and Planned Parenthood are both encouraging young people to create “social change.”
“Global Health started because this great talent pipeline was not moving into health care,” Bush said. “It’s hard to know how you fit in if you’re not a doctor or nurse. If we can demystify that and create channels into Planned Parenthood and other exceptional organizations, then we’ll have an army of people working to solve health problems.”
Both women claimed that health care has become a “polarized” issue in the two major U.S. political parties.
“My biggest hope is that we can take partisanship out of this arena,” Richards said. “Not to get too political, but we have Republican patients and staff members and board members. The need for health care doesn’t come with a party label. Under the Affordable Care Act, every woman who has health insurance gets birth control at no cost. That’s 55 million women. We don’t have to invent a new kind of birth control. We just have to close the lid between needing it and delivering it. And I’m optimistic that we’re on the cusp of making that happen.”
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But Planned Parenthood’s main mission is not health care. It is the largest abortion provider in the nation, and dozens of former employees have said that abortion is its big money maker. Abortion is not health care, but Planned Parenthood likes to lump it into the broad category to deceptively attack pro-lifers.
Barbara did not mention abortion during the interview, but her vocal support of Planned Parenthood makes it clear that her position on abortion is very different from her father’s.
Former President George W. Bush left a strong pro-life legacy during his presidency, signing every pro-life bill that reached his desk. During his administration, President Bush saw abortions decline to new lows, and he made history in 2003 by signing the first measure to ever ban a form of abortion: brutal, late-term partial birth abortions.
The president demonstrated his pro-life commitment on his first day in office when he re-instituted the Mexico City Policy, which stops taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations. Later he extended that policy further to prevent pro-abortion funding within all State Department programs. Unfortunately, pro-abortion President Barack Obama reversed the policy during his first week in office.
He also supported the Born Alive Infants Protection Act to protect babies who survive abortions. Bush also signed into law the Unborn Victims of Violence Act to offer protection and justice to pregnant women like Laci Peterson and their unborn children who are killed or injured in violent attacks.