Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards issued a scathing criticism of pro-life female lawmakers on Thursday ahead of a scheduled vote to defund Richards’ abortion chain.
During a press call, Richards said any Congresswoman who votes to defund Planned Parenthood is “betraying every woman in America,” according to Newsweek.
Congress scheduled a vote Thursday on the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. A provision in the bill would prohibit states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.
Richards, who earns nearly $1 million a year, blasted the bill and the women lawmakers who support it.
Here’s more from Newsweek:
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said during a press call on Thursday that passing the American Health Care Act “would be catastrophic for women, especially for low-income women and women of color.” She called it the “worst legislation for women in a generation” and said unintended pregnancies, maternal mortality and instances of sexually transmitted diseases would all increase.
“We don’t even have to guess what the result of this would be,” said Richards.
Planned Parenthood currently receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars annually. It also is the largest abortion chain in America, aborting more than 300,000 unborn babies every year.
President Donald Trump recently offered Planned Parenthood a deal that would have allowed it to keep receiving tax money if it stopped doing abortions. The abortion group’s leaders refused.
A recent congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund it. Planned Parenthood also has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.
The federal health care bill would redirect tax dollars to thousands of federally qualified community health centers to help ensure women continue to have access to quality, comprehensive health care when Planned Parenthood loses its funding.
Polls indicate that Americans want to see the abortion business Planned Parenthood defunded; and in November, Americans elected a new group of pro-life politicians who promised to defund the abortion giant.