Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards readily acknowledges that the incoming Congress and Donald Trump’s administration pose a serious threat to her abortion business.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the highly paid CEO vowed that they “will not go down without a fight.”
“We’ve been around 100 years and we aren’t going anywhere,” Richards said. “Come January, we will be launching the largest ‘Stand with Planned Parenthood’ campaign in our history to agitate and engage our millions of supporters around the country to make sure we’re telling the story of what people are poised to lose.”
What Americans stand to lose, according to Richards’ claims, came out earlier in the interview:
This isn’t about the check we get from the federal government to run our health centers. This is actually about women – primarily women, but all people who are on Medicaid – being able to come to Planned Parenthood for preventive care. It’s not abortion; the federal government and Medicaid do not fund abortion services. This is literally whether a young man in Texas can come to us for an STI testing, or whether a woman who has a lump in her breast can come to us in Ohio to have a breast exam or be referred for screenings …
We’re talking about more than a million-and-a-half people who rely on Planned Parenthood, and for most of them we’re their only medical provider. As all of the medical institutions have said: There’s no one to take our place providing low- and moderate-income people with preventive health care.
Richards is completely wrong, though.
The CEO did not mention how Trump’s promises to defund Planned Parenthood include the contingent phrase “as long as the continue to perform abortions.” Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices are exactly the reason why millions of Americans don’t want their tax dollars going to it.
Nor did Richards mention how Planned Parenthood is doing less preventive care – fewer breast exams, cancer screenings, pap smears – but continues to maintain consistent abortion numbers, according to its own annual reports. Or that it receives nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds, thanks to President Barack Obama.
Not only that, but Planned Parenthood does not have a monopoly on non-abortion medical services. A Charlotte Lozier Institute report found that there are 20 community health clinics for every one Planned Parenthood in the U.S. These health clinics provide more comprehensive care to patients than Planned Parenthood does.
Trump and pro-life lawmakers alike have promised to re-allocate the Planned Parenthood funding to these community health centers to ensure that Americans have places to go for comprehensive health care.
Abortion is Planned Parenthood’s key business, and abortion is what it’s worried about, despite what Richards claims. Under President Obama, the abortion chain made huge gains — and Richards made a huge salary — but the American people indicated in the past election that they are ready for a change.