Planned Parenthood Charges $20,000 for Cocktail Reception With Its CEO Cecile Richards

National   |   Conor Beck   |   Apr 6, 2016   |   9:37AM   |   Washington, DC

A Planned Parenthood luncheon in Dallas, Texas on Monday showed that some people are willing to spend $20,000 for a chance to meet the CEO of the country’s largest abortion provider.

It was possible to get tickets for $150, but donors who wanted the special recognition of “Speaker Sponsor” spent $20,000 for the Planned Parenthood event and a cocktail reception with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Numbers show that last year’s sold-out Dallas awards luncheon raised $700,000, with more than 1,000 people attending, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

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The donations went to “essential healthcare and health education services” for people in Central and North Texas, according to the report. More than likely this included abortions.

Planned Parenthood has made Texas one of its key targets after the state passed laws defunding the abortion group and requiring abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. Texas abortion activists challenged the abortion facilities laws all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in March. A ruling on the case is expected in June.

Richards is popular in the liberal news sphere and does not shy away from sharing her extreme views. She has said that efforts should be made to “humanize” abortion, and does not feel bad at all about the organization’s selling of unborn baby parts for profit.

The same day, pro-life group Heroic Media held a luncheon less than a half mile away. Admission there was free, with donations going to efforts to save unborn babies from abortion, according to the Free Beacon.

Planned Parenthood does more abortions than any other group in the U.S. In 2014, Planned Parenthood reported killing 323,999 unborn babies in abortions and made about $1.3 billion in revenues.