Planned Parenthood President Upset Bush Protects Doctors From Forced Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
December 19, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The president of Planned Parenthood is upset that the Bush administration has given final approval to regulations that help doctors and medical centers pressured to do abortions or refer for them. Cecile Richards appears to admit in an email to financial backers that she wouldnt hire pro-life staff at her centers.
Richards claimed stopping forced abortions is limiting the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate reproductive health information when they visit a federally funded health care provider.
The rule is clearly a parting gift from Bush to the anti-choice fringe that supported him all these years, she added.
Richards claims the rule makes it so anti-choice medical staff can withhold information about abortion, birth control, and sex education from their patients even though the rule has nothing to do with birth control and despite the fact that birth control portions of the proposal were removed in August.
Richards is also upset that facilities that receive federal funding — including her Planned Parenthood abortion business — will have to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion.
Though Planned Parenthood supposedly maintains a pro-choice position on abortion, Richards makes clear her unwillingness to hire pro-life doctors, nurses and medical staff.
Frankly, I’m livid, Richards tells supporters in a more candid email confession. I believe that tricking women when they are most vulnerable is wrong and the federal government shouldn’t pay people to do it.
Richards says Planned Parenthood will be working hard to overturn the Bush rule, but that it will take more than an executive order from incoming president Barack Obama to do it. She suggests Congressional legislation will be needed to reverse the conscience protections the Bush administration believe were necessary
.Even with a new president and administration coming in soon, this won’t be easy to fix. It’s going to take more than a simple signature to reverse it. We’re starting our work today, Richards concludes.
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