Planned Parenthood Prez to Democrats: Pro-Abortion Daughter Makes Her Proud

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 26, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Prez to Democrats: Pro-Abortion Daughter Makes Her Proud

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 26
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — You know a political party is obsessed with promoting abortion when it features two pro-abortion convention speakers. You know Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is obsessed when she says nothing would make her mother of her granddaughter than voting pro-abortion.

Richards’ Tuesday night speech followed the one Nancy Keenan gave on Monday to Democrats in Denver.

Richards told the audience at the Democratic convention in Denver that her mother, the late Texas governor Ann Richards, had addressed the same crowd 20 years prior.

During that convention, the former governor introduced her granddaughter Lily.

Though her granddaughter eventually learned how to walk, spoke her first words and encountered the challenges and opportunities one’s life normally presents, Richards told Democrats that casting her first presidential vote for a pro-abortion candidate would tops all of her mother’s memories about Lily.

"Lily is here tonight and there is nothing that would make Mom prouder than that this November Lily will cast her first vote for president – for Barack Obama," Richards said.

After the praise for her daughter’s presidential preference, Richards went on to extol the pro-abortion virtues of Obama and castigate John McCain as a supposed opponent of women’s health care.

"I’m proud that for only the second time in our history, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed a candidate for president, Barack Obama," she said. "Obama has worked for … a woman’s right to choose. He will be a president who supports women’s health and rights one hundred percent."

And John McCain?

"If elected, John McCain has vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade," Richard complained.

Knowing political polls are showing Americans strongly supportive of the kind of pro-life policies McCain supports, Planned Parenthood has had to resort to attacking his votes on other issues, such as family planning and birth control.

"John McCain has voted against women’s health care," she claimed. "You can look it up: he voted against real sex education, against affordable family planning."

Though in the company of abortion advocates, Richards spent time doing what she normally does in mainstream media interviews — work to change Planned Parenthood’s image from an abortion business to one that offers legitimate medical services.

"Planned Parenthood health centers are the leading providers of women’s health care in the country. One in four women visit them–and not just for birth control–for cancer screening and breast exams," she said.

Nowhere in her speech did Richards mention that Planned Parenthood does 25 percent of the abortions nationwide and has steadily reduced the number of women it refers for adoptions.


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