Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Prez Gets Brown University Honorary Degree

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Prez Gets Brown University Honorary Degree

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 29
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Brown University is giving the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, an honorary degree. Cecile Richards will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from the liberal Ivy League school that has frequently promoted abortion through other avenues.

Richards will receive the degree at the university’s commencement on May 30 along with former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and actor Morgan Freeman.

The head of the abortion business celebrated in a post on Twitter.

"Receiving an honorary degree from my alma mater, Brown University, is truly an honor and I am humbled. Go Bears," she said.

In an announcement, Brown lauded Richards for her abortion advocacy.

"Richards, a 1980 graduate of Brown, has devoted her career to public service, voting rights, education and advocacy. She is president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America," the university said, calling it the "nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider."

"Richards has a long history of organizing in support of healthcare, reproductive freedom, and social justice," university officials said.

"She served as deputy chief of staff for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and played a key role in her election as the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives,: the university noted.

"The daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Cecile Richards worked with her mother on her first campaign, the successful election to the Texas state legislature of Sarah Weddington, an attorney who had successfully argued Roe v. Wade," it added.

The last annual report from Planned Parenthood showed the nation’s largest abortion business is getting bigger as it engaged in an increase of five percent more abortions and increased taxpayer funding.

According to Planned Parenthood’s latest report, abortions increased to 305,310 abortions up from 289,750 in 2006.

That 5.3 percent increase came at a time when the Alan Guttmacher Institute, it’s former research arm, showed abortions were at near-historic lows.

Thus, while abortions were on the decline in the United States, and while Planned Parenthood sought to distance itself from its abortion business, Planned Parenthood did more abortions than it has done in years.

The annual report showed more government funding heading to the abortion business even if the taxpayer funds did not directly pay for abortions.

The total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments, increased from $337 million to $350 million.

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