Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is right but for all the wrong reasons.
On Tuesday, the president of the nation’s largest abortion provider posted a message on Twitter urging people to register and vote “like your life depends on it.”
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) September 27, 2016
A lot of lives do depend on the outcome of the presidential election — both those currently living and those conceived in the future – and Richards knows her half-million-dollar salary is directly tied to many of those lives.
Her abortion business does about one third of all abortions in the U.S., destroying about 320,000 unborn babies’ lives every year, according to Planned Parenthood’s annual reports. Richards makes a huge salary off the abortion business, $590,928 in 2013, and the future of her livelihood (and millions of unborn babies’ lives) likely will be affected by the next person who wins the White House.
Planned Parenthood’s champion is Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions on demand through Medicaid and other government health care programs.
The Hyde Amendment is a four-decade-old, bipartisan measure that has saved more than 2 million babies’ lives from abortion. The amendment has been passed every year since 1976 and has largely prevented federal Medicaid dollars from paying for abortions. The Supreme Court eventually upheld the Hyde Amendment and limits on taxpayer funding of abortions in 1980.
If Clinton succeeds in repealing it, the Guttmacher Institute estimates 33,000 more unborn babies will be killed in abortions every year. Planned Parenthood, which already receives about $550 million in federal tax dollars annually, would benefit hugely from Clinton’s plan.
Even more threatening to unborn babies’ lives, Clinton promised to nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up to birth. With up to four high court seats coming open in the next four years, the next president could have the power to sway the court’s decisions on abortion for decades. That’s a power Planned Parenthood would love to see in the hands of Clinton.
Richards herself has been actively campaigning for Clinton in dozens of states. The abortion chain threw its support behind Clinton months ago when it endorsed her in the Democratic primary – an unprecedented move. Since then, Planned Parenthood’s political arm has been actively involved in the election, buying ads trashing Republican candidate Donald Trump, attacking his pro-life running mate Mike Pence, and organizing events to target young, pro-abortion voters.