Planned Parenthood President Attends Special White House Health Care Meeting
by Steven Ertelt
August 13, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The president of the nation’s largest abortion business attended what she called a "special meeting" at the White House yesterday on health care reform. This is the second time the Obama administration gave special privileges to Planned Parenthood.
As the mainstream media denies abortion funding is in the health care bills Congress is considering, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards appears to have special access to the White House to make sure it is included.
In a note she posted on Facebook, Richards reveals more about the meeting and the Obama administration’s strategy for getting the pro-abortion bill approved.
"Yesterday I attended a special meeting at the White House to discuss women and health insurance reform," Richards writes.
"The basic message was that we’ve got to remind folks why we became so dedicated to reforming the health care system or more particularly, the health insurance system in the first place," she continues.
Richards says the government-run health care system is needed because of rising health care costs and appears to indicate more women are visiting Planned Parenthood centers for abortions.
"In fact given the unemployment rate and widespread loss of insurance coverage, at Planned Parenthood we are seeing so many more women," she writes.
Richards also attacks the pro-life advocates and others who have been participating in the health care town hall meetings held by members of Congress.
She says abortion advocates are "watching with incredulity the screaming people at congressional forums who seem to believe that the White House is somehow plotting to create a socialist state."
Richards says the Obama administration "appreciate[s] all the mighty Planned Parenthood supporters speaking up for reform in the states."
Planned Parenthood’s special relationship with the Obama administration became apparent when Richards was invited to a White House-sponsored health care summit that left out any pro-life organizations.
Richards’ abortion business made the invitation list as did groups that advocate abortion like the Human Rights Campaign, National Council of La Raza and others.
The Obama-Planned Parenthood love-fest continued in July when Tina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, spoke to more than 400 pro-abortion activists at the 2009 Planned Parenthood Organizing and Policy Summit.
Tchen is the former vice president of the National Organization for Women, a prominent pro-abortion organization, whom Obama selected as executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
During the event, Tchen told the Planned Parenthood activists that if they want abortion as a part of the health care restructuring plan Congress is considering, they need to "bring it" — and up their lobbying efforts.
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