San Francisco government leaders signaled their devotion to Planned Parenthood on Monday with a special display and ceremony honoring the abortion chain’s 100th anniversary.
The San Francisco City Hall was flooded with pink lights on Monday night to honor Planned Parenthood with its signature color, according to the San Francisco Examiner. City officials also held a ceremony with Mayor Ed Lee, local Health Department members and Planned Parenthood staff in celebration of its 100th anniversary, according to the report.
Planned Parenthood managed to enlist a number of government officials and celebrities to help celebrate its 100-year milestone, but these powerful figures served to mask the abortion chain’s sordid history. The group’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a well-known eugenicist who promoted sterilization and birth control as ways to “weed out” human beings who she deemed “unfit.” Today, Planned Parenthood performs approximately 320,000 abortions a year – more than any other group in the U.S. In the past 100 years, it has aborted at least 6,803,782 unborn babies, according to its own annual reports.
Planned Parenthood also has been rocked by numerous scandals, the most recent being its potentially illegal sales of aborted baby body parts. In connection to the scandal, last week the Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit against two California companies that allegedly sold aborted baby parts they obtained from Planned Parenthood.
Several women also have died after having abortions at Planned Parenthood facilities. Two years ago, the group paid a $2 million settlement to the family of an Illinois women who died from a botched abortion at one of its facilities. The Planned Parenthood facility reportedly waited five hours before sending the woman to the hospital and never called 911.
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Pro-life leaders also are looking into another abortion-related death in Michigan involving a young woman named Cree Erwin. Erwin died just three days after she had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo on June 30, 2016, according to records obtained by Operation Rescue.
The abortion chain also has been caught failing to report the sexual abuse of young girls. Undercover investigations by Live Action revealed some of its employees were willing to help cover up child sex trafficking, and others gave very young teens dangerous advice about practicing sadomasochism, or torture sex, viewing pornography online and circumventing laws that require parental involvement in reproductive health decisions.
Planned Parenthood, which receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year, also faces several lawsuits alleging it committed fraud. One major whistleblower lawsuit alleges its Iowa affiliate engaged in $28 million in Medicaid fraud. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Sue Thayer filed the lawsuit against the abortion giant’s Iowa affiliate accusing it of submitting “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid and failing to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. Another lawsuit filed against its Washington state affiliate makes similar claims of Medicaid fraud.
Last year, Alliance Defending Freedom released its updated report to Congress that identified more than $129.7 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud committed by Planned Parenthood, state family planning programs, and other organizations.