Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards stopped in Pennsylvania Thursday to urge residents to help lobby for her abortion chain’s taxpayer funding.
Pro-abortion Gov. Tom Wolf joined Richards and others for the round-table meeting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Warminster, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.
The event is one of several that Richards participated in this week to drum up support for the abortion chain.
U.S. Congress is moving to strip Planned Parenthood of nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding because it refuses to stop its abusive abortion practices. It has been caught in numerous scandals involving potential Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors. Earlier this year, a Congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund it.
On Thursday, Richards and Gov. Wolf, a former Planned Parenthood volunteer, urged people to talk to their legislators and friends about the issue.
“Don’t underestimate your ability to talk to your neighbors,” Wolf said, according to the local news. “… Don’t underestimate your personal power.”
Later, he continued, “The fact we’re even having this conversation is stunning. We need equity, openness. … We should be embracing everyone in society.”
“What would we do without Planned Parenthood?” Wolf asked. “[Access] is already hard with it. Without it, it would make an already difficult situation even more difficult.”
Wolf must not read the news in his own state. Planned Parenthood, which still is taxpayer-funded, closed 11 facilities in Pennsylvania in the past four years, arguably because they are not needed.
In local news reports, Planned Parenthood officials themselves said the closings were not the result of defunding legislation. In 2016, spokeswoman Melissa Reed said they decided to close three facilities to reduce costs.
“It resulted from careful analysis of where our patients live and seek medical care as well as an assessment of how best to ensure the longevity and strength of existing health centers …” Reed said in a statement.
The abortion group’s annual reports also show its patient numbers dropping.
In 2016, Dan Bartkowiak, communications director with the Pennsylvania Family Institute, told LifeNews, “Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania is serving less people, performing fewer cancer and STD screenings and shutting down more facilities yet incredibly they are carrying out more abortions and had an increase in taxpayer funding.”
National research also indicates Planned Parenthood is not an essential health care provider. A recent survey found that community health centers not only provide more comprehensive health care than Planned Parenthood, excluding abortions, they also outnumber the abortion group’s facilities by more than 20 to one.
Congressional plans to defund the abortion group would redirect tax dollars to these community health centers to further ensure people have access to health care.
Abortion is the key “service” that could be more difficult for women to access if Planned Parenthood is defunded. Every year, its facilities kill more than 300,000 unborn baby boys and girls in abortions – approximately one-third of all abortions in the U.S. annually.
Polls show Americans do not want their tax dollars going to a group whose primary focus is killing unborn babies.
A recent offer from President Donald Trump reinforced how focused on abortions Planned Parenthood is. Trump offered to support an increase in taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood if it stopped doing abortions, but Planned Parenthood refused.