The Rev. Franklin Graham condemned the deadly work of Planned Parenthood on Friday, describing its abortion practices as “Hitleristic.”
Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and founder of Samaritan’s Purse, has been a vocal advocate for babies in the womb throughout his ministry.
On Facebook on Friday, Graham addressed the current issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.
The new U.S. Congress is working on legislation to defund the abortion group, and President Donald Trump previously said he would support such a measure. The legislation would redirect tax dollars to federally-qualified community health clinics that offer more comprehensive care but don’t perform abortions.
“Planned Parenthood—the country’s largest abortion provider—received over $353 million in private donations according to a recent annual report. Why on earth would Congress give them another $550 million in government grants and reimbursements?” Graham wrote.
Planned Parenthood does approximately 320,000 abortions every year – totaling close to 1 million in the past three years, according to its own annual reports. Graham called these numbers a “tragedy.”
“Taxpayer dollars, withheld from American paychecks should never be used to fund a Hitleristic organization whose conduct many see as insidious, evil, unjust, and even criminal,” he continued. “How do they keep on slaughtering little ones, and yet portray themselves as health clinics? Death is their prescription.”
Graham urged lawmakers to unite in the effort to protect unborn babies from “this wholesale slaughter.” He also asked people to call their U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them stop tax dollars from funding the abortion chain.
“Every life is precious to God, and should be to us as well,” Graham concluded.
U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently introduced a bill called the Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act that would defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. The legislation would redirect federal dollars to the more than 13,500 community health centers nationwide that provide a broader range of healthcare services to women (e.g., mammograms) and do not perform abortions.
Last month, a congressional investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion business over its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers suggesting that Congress defund the abortion company.