“House of Cards” Faces Pro-Life Criticism for Pushing Planned Parenthood’s Agenda

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 17, 2016   |   9:34AM   |   Washington, DC

“House of Cards,” a popular Netflix political drama, has become the latest show to jump on the pro-Planned Parenthood bandwagon in its new season.

The Washington Times reports the newly released Season 4 highlights the abortion giant in several episodes, touting its cancer screenings and breast exams. This comes a few months after the ABC political drama “Scandal” drew outrage for showing a character smile as she aborted her unborn baby while the song “Silent Night” played in the background.

In Season 4, the main character behind the pro-abortion push is first lady Claire Underwood whose lines are nothing more than Planned Parenthood talking points, according to the report. In the first episode, Underwood bribes a Texas congresswoman by promising to open a Planned Parenthood “breast cancer center” in her district, the report states.

Then in the second episode, President Frank Underwood mentions the abortion giant in his State of the Union address. What he doesn’t mention, however, is abortion, which Planned Parenthood does more of than any other group in the U.S.

In his speech, the president criticizes pro-life lawmakers who oppose taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and praises the abortion giant for its “invaluable” cancer-screening services. He then touts his wife’s plan for a Planned Parenthood cancer screening center.

“A VA hospital expansion, open to the general public, financed by federal money,” Underwood says. “A bold plan that will significantly increase successful diagnoses and treatment through education, screenings and affordable care.”

“Now she’s gotten resistance time and again from the Veterans Affairs Administration, from her colleagues in Congress, to those who don’t want to see government funds going to Planned Parenthood,” he continues. “And yet when she told me today, she was just as passionate about this clinic as she was when she first brought it up to me 10 years ago.”



This isn’t the first time the show has shown its pro-abortion stance. In Season 2, Claire Underwood admitted on national TV that she had an abortion and was made out to be a heroine for doing so.

Anna Paprocki, counsel for Americans United for Life, told the Washington Times that “House of Cards” isn’t accurate in its depiction of Planned Parenthood. She pointed out that the abortion group’s most recent annual reports show its cancer screenings, breast exams and other non-abortion services are decreasing; and contrary to what its supporters claim, the group does not do mammograms.

Between 2009 and 2014, Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings and breast exams/breast care dropped by more than half, according to its annual reports. “Cancer screenings” fell from 1,830,811 to just 682,208 in that same period of time. “Breast exams/breast care” fell by more than half, from 830,312 in 2009 to 363,803 in 2014 and Pap smear tests dropped nearly two-thirds, from 904,820 to 271,539.

Planned Parenthood likes to paint itself as a comprehensive women’s health care provider, but its real business is abortion. It’s sad that the entertainment media has begun echoing Planned Parenthood’s deceptive rhetoric.