Celebrity actors and actresses, singers, musicians, and now professional sports teams are lining up to support the No. 1 abortion business in the United States, Planned Parenthood.
Think Progress reports the Women’s NBA team Seattle Storm became the first professional sports team to partner with the abortion chain on Thursday.
Team co-owner Dawn Trudeau said supporting Planned Parenthood is a great project for the women-owned, women-run team because it offers “essential services” to women.
“Access to affordable, quality health care, including a full range of reproductive care, is a critical precondition for anyone — especially girls and women, to pursue their dreams and grow into their best selves,” Trudeau said in a statement Thursday. “The essential services provided by Planned Parenthood make the organization a natural ally and partner for the Storm.”
She said fighting for the abortion group is one of the “values” that she and fellow Storm owners Lisa Brummel and Ginny Gilder share. They described Planned Parenthood as a “wonderful organization.”
But abortions, not health care, are what Planned Parenthood primarily provides to women. The abortion group’s annual report shows it performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies in 2015, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. Planned Parenthood does about one third of all abortions in the U.S., while receiving about half a billion taxpayer dollars each year.
In March, it refused to give up its abortion work and focus on providing true health care to low-income women. President Donald Trump offered to support an increase in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood if it stopped doing abortions, but Planned Parenthood refused.
CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are essential to Planned Parenthood.
Yet, celebrities continue to mislead the public by claiming they are supporting health care by supporting Planned Parenthood.
The Seattle Storm’s ownership group, Force 10 Hoops, already has a pre-game pro-abortion rally set up for the abortion chain, and the team has several fundraisers planned, according to the report.
The Storm will also hold an online auction next month to benefit Planned Parenthood, which will include memorabilia from players, and it will donate $5 of every ticket sold for the game to the reproductive health care provider. The team is encouraging businesses and corporations interested in supporting Planned Parenthood to purchase tickets that could be donated to local Seattle women and children groups.
Trudeau said they realize their partnership with the abortion chain will be controversial, but they have not met with much resistance so far.
The report continued:
Trudeau said the ownership team is very cognizant of that, and was very clear with players that they were under no obligation to speak up about this — that this was something the owners were taking on, not expecting of the players. However, Trudeau said that so far the players and coaching staff have showed a lot of enthusiasm about the initiative. While the WNBA does not dictate what each team can be involved with in each community, the Storm said it did tell the league about the initiative and has received no pushback.
The team has some of the most well-known WNBA players in the country, including Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, according to Bleach Report. It is one of the top teams in the nation, winning league titles in 2004 and 2010.
These star athletes could use their fame for good by supporting one of the many wonderful organizations dedicated to helping women and families receive health care. Instead, they have chosen to back a group that makes millions killing unborn babies every year.
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