Planned Parenthood is reeling from the November election, and despite vows to continue fighting for abortion, they are worried.
Betty Cockrum (pictured), CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, recently said she is trying to keep herself motivated to continue her work.
When Donald Trump is sworn in in January and the new U.S. Congress convenes, many expect that legislation to defund Planned Parenthood will be a priority. The abortion group currently receives about $550 million a year in taxpayer dollars. To lose that money would be a major hit to Planned Parenthood, which performs more abortions than any other group in the U.S.
“You got to talk to yourself to even get out of bed right now, and we do,” Cockrum told the Indiana Daily Student earlier this month. “We have to get up, and we have to put one foot in front of the other, and we have to motivate each other, and we have to push one another.”
Every morning, Cockrum said she tells herself, “Get out of bed, Betty,” to keep herself motivated.
“When your fellow CEOs say, ‘It’s just no fun anymore. It just gets harder by the day,’ that’s tough,” Cockrum said. “You just got to go shoulder to shoulder and keep each other going.”
The word “fun” struck pro-life writer Becky Rogness as she read Cockrum’s interview. She wrote at The Federalist:
What I’d like to know is, what was “fun?” Was killing 58 million innocent boys and girls since the Supreme Court legalized abortion “fun?” Was making billions off the mothers who thought their lives would go back to normal after an abortion “fun?” When was abortion ever fun?
Planned Parenthood and its allies are in a post-election hangover. They’re “really stressed” about Donald Trump in the White House. But it wouldn’t have mattered who won the election. Hillary may have bought them a little more time of state-sanctioned favor, but abortion is on its way out. Certainly, it can’t happen fast enough—not for the approximately 3,000 little boys and girls who are losing their lives today. …
Rogness has a good point. The election results did not just mean that abortion supporters will have to contend with pro-life politicians over the next four years; it also signaled that the American people – the ones who voted in the pro-life lawmakers – are sick and tired of the abortion industry’s abusive practices against unborn babies and moms.
Abortion was so much on people’s minds that it was the most-searched topics on Google on Election Day, according to the Washington Examiner.
Despite what abortion activists claim about women losing their “right” to an abortion, the United States has some of the most extreme abortion laws in the world, allowing abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. Since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, approximately 58 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions. Yet, polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions.
The on-going scandals surrounding Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups have not helped either. Planned Parenthood alone has been caught in numerous scandals involving potentially illegal sales of aborted babies’ body parts, possible Medicaid fraud and failures to report sexual abuse of minors. The tax money Planned Parenthood receives is not supposed to be used for abortions, but evidence indicates that some of its abortion facilities do.
The abortion industry’s callous treatment of human lives – from trafficking aborted babies’ body parts to calling abortion work “fun” – is unsettling to many Americans. Rogness concluded with hope that Cockrum and others will notice Americans’ opposition to abortion and come to realize that abortion is not the answer.
“Join me in praying for the CEOs of the abortion industry and all abortion workers,” Rogness wrote. “May their cloud of misery turn to joy when they realize they don’t have to keep fighting for death. May they one day get out of bed each morning and fight for every child to safely get out of the womb.