Planned Parenthood supporters made surprising claims this past weekend. Among them, the abortion giant is apparently “pro-life,” and the term “sidewalk counselor” stands for “terrorist.”
Planned Parenthood held a National Day of Solidarity Saturday to show support for “access to safe reproductive healthcare, including abortion,” in the wake of the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. As part of the nationwide event, hundreds flocked to All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C.
Here are the eight most shocking declarations by abortion activists at the National Day of Solidarity D.C. event that the liberal media aren’t apt to report:
1. Planned Parenthood Supporters Are Actually “Pro-Life”
Activist poet Sonya Renee Taylor performed her poem “Why We Hold Our Tongues” at the event.
In the introduction to her abortion creed, Taylor insisted that Planned Parenthood supporters make up the real “pro-life” movement.
“These conversations are not conversations that happen in the ether,” she said of abortion stories, “they are conversations about real people’s lives – that they are conversations about the existence and experience, dignity, and respect of each and every human being on this planet.”
She added: “When we hear people give themselves the moniker of ‘pro-life’ we know that they are lying, we know that we are pro-life.”
Her reading reflected the same sentiments.
“To say that I did not choose to keep that which I know would’ve been beautiful and brutal is to say unashamedly that I did choose life,” she yelled into the microphone. “To say unapologetically that I did choose life: mine.”
For her efforts, Taylor received the one and only standing ovation at the event.
2. Planned Parenthood Respects “Every Human Being”
One of Planned Parenthood’s special guests, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry spoke at the solidarity event.
To begin, Henry argued that the San Bernardino victims stood with the “family at Planned Parenthood” to “stop this madness.”
“For us, the amazing service and the courage of Planned Parenthood health care providers are joined with the service and the love that the people who care for the disabled and their family members,” she maintained, “who want their disabled family members to be able to live at home with dignity and respect.”
“We’re joined in the fight to make sure that all work is valued and that every human being is respected,” Henry continued.
SEIU defended Planned Parenthood earlier this year after the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos at the abortion giant’s clinics. But the ties between the two go deeper than that. SEIU Executive VP Kirk Adams is married to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Together, SEIU and one other union gave $25,000 to Planned Parenthood in 2014.
3. “Sidewalk Counselor” Is a Euphemism for “Terrorist”
Carol McDonald, the director of strategic partnerships at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, brought her 5-year-old daughter with her so that she could witness her mother’s words on America’s terror.
“Terror shows up in many ways,” she began, “it comes as the terror of the state brutalizing by bodies in the prison industrial complex, or as the terror of an economy that fails to provide us with the means to take care of our families.”
As far as sidewalk counselors, they were the same as the Planned Parenthood shooter, according to McDonald.
“It comes as the terror of so-called sidewalk counselors who spew the most mean-spirited venom at patients seeking care at our health centers,” she continued, “and it comes as an angry man who walks into that same health center staring down the barrel of a gun.”
“We cannot back down in the face of that terror.”
4. Planned Parenthood Blames “Poisonous” Pro-Life Rhetoric
Nearly every speaker referenced the “rhetoric” that he or she claimed fueled the Colorado shooting.
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood told those gathered that “it is not enough to denounce the tragedy in Colorado without also denouncing the poisonous rhetoric that fueled it and the weaponry that enabled it.”
“Today we say enough is enough and enough to the hateful rhetoric,” Laguens emphasized.
Carol McDonald also cited “incendiary rhetoric” as one of the reasons she chose to bring her daughter to the event.
“I need her to see that there is a family of freedom fighters that is bigger than the incendiary rhetoric of hatred and fear,” McDonald said. “I need her to see that we are a community of the conscious who will rise above the tactics of violence and terror.”
5. President Obama and All Americans Back Planned Parenthood
President Obama showed solidarity with the nation’s No. 1 abortion provider by expressing that America is “a people who stand up for the rights of women to make their own decisions about their health.” Tina Tchen, the assistant to the President, read his statement that never once mentioned “abortion.”
“Too often these acts of violence are attempts to silence our voices and undermine our most cherished values: freedom, equality, and opportunity,” she read on Obama’s behalf.
Tchen also holds the title of Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls. She is a former partner with the prominent law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was an “active member” of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
6. Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood Are a “Witch Hunt”
Leng Leng Chancey, the Deputy Director of Systems and Sustainability at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), echoed the words of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) calling for an end to the “witch hunt” against Planned Parenthood.
“As we stand here at the Capitol where the U.S. Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood just days after these vicious murders, let us send a message to lawmakers,” Chancey said. “We demand that politicians stop the modern day witch hunt targeting Planned Parenthood.”
7. Planned Parenthood Serves Regardless of Citizenship
A Planned Parenthood clinic worker based in New York, whose full name was not provided, shared with the crowd some experiences of treating patients who could only speak Spanish.
“I am able to fully provide the resources and the care they deserve whether or not they are a U.S. citizen,” she proudly emphasized.
8. Planned Parenthood Prays
From the very beginning, Planned Parenthood’s event began in prayer – or a “moment of silence” to the “spirit” – led by Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, senior minister at the D.C. All Souls Church.
(The one direct mention of “God” came from Obama’s statement.)
Planned Parenthood’s Laguens also welcomed prayer as a defense against “hateful rhetoric.”
“Our doors stay open,” she said, “and I’m hoping whether it’s your prayer, your plea, or your promise that you say that back with me.”