New Planned Parenthood Board Members Have Union, Soros, Democrat Ties

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Planned Parenthood Board Members Have Union, Soros, Democrat Ties

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 28
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, has added five new board members of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, its political arm. The new members have curious ties to unions, left-wing billionaire George Soros, and the Democratic Party.

The new members include names that people intimately involved in the abortion debate may not know, but they are heavy hitters that link the abortion business to key political players.

One of the top Planned Parenthood recruits is Michael Vachon, an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs who is an advisor to billionaire left-wing political activist George Soros.

Minyon Moore heads the state and local affairs practice at the Dewey Square Group but she is also the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee and was an assistant to pro-abortion President Bill Clinton as director of White House Political Affairs.

Irma Esparza is the chief of staff for Washington, D.C. councilmember Kwame Brown but she was previously associated with the labor union AFSCME.

AFSCME came under fire in 2003 for co-sponsoring a pro-abortion march that abortion advocacy groups, including Planned Parenthood, planned for April 2004.

Officials from the group’s Washington headquarters appeared along with abortion advocacy organizations at a June press conference announcing the pro-abortion march but would not respond to questions about why the division of AFL-CIO would endorse the pro-abortion march.

Joanne Egerman is another new board member for Planned Parenthood who comes from its affiliate ranks, as she serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. However, she is also a member of the regional and national boards of the Anti-Defamation League and the gay and lesbian group Mass Equality.

And Naomi Aberly, the fifth new board member for the abortion business’ political advocacy group, has been active in Obama for America, has been a Democratic fundraiser and involved in local Planned Parenthood abortion businesses.

“At this crucial political juncture, we need the judgment and experience that each one of these five prominent individuals brings to our organization,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said. “They will play a very important role in supporting the Action Fund’s execution of its political program this fall.”


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