by Steven Ertelt
June 14, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The president of Planned Parenthood told a liberal political conference that her organization plans to use its political muscle and full financial coffers to elect pro-abortion candidates in 2006, 2008 and beyond. The comments come after new reports indicate the abortion business is flush with money thanks in part to state and federal taxpayer funds.
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s president told an audience at the "Take Back America" conference that, "We’re going to channel our strength, our outreach, our power, and work with our pro-choice allies to help progressive voices win across America."
Planned Parenthood has considerable resources to make that happen.
As LifeNews.com previously reported, the abortion business’ latest annual report shows Planned Parenthood, as of June 2005, had net assets valued at $784.1 million, of which $302.1 million is unrestricted. PPFA has another $107.6 million that is temporarily restricted.
Despite sitting on a huge nest egg of hundreds of millions, the abortion business is still working overtime to get state and federal tax dollars. Nearly one-third of its income ($272.7 million) comes from American taxpayers.
"We have the potential to swing the vote in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and that’s a lot of power," Richards said, according to a Cybercast News Service report.
"The question is: What are we going to do with it? And the answer is: We’re going to use it," Richards declared, according to CNS. "We’re going to marry our current reality as the largest reproductive healthcare provider in this country with our opportunity to be the largest kick— advocacy organization in this country.
Planned parenthood is also focused on painting a grim picture of the status of legal abortion to rake in the donations in advance of the 2006 elections.
"The skies are looking better for progressives this November, but the threat to Roe v. Wade and the threat to family planning in this country are probably as great as they have been for the last 30 years," Richards said.
"And with Sandra Day O’Connor gone and Samuel Alito now sitting on the Supreme Court, anti-choice extremists have the bit in their mouth, and they’re ready for action," she added, according to a CNS News story.
Richards told the audience that Planned Parenthood needed to become more "political" — something it started doing in 2004 when the abortion business made its first presidential endorsement.