Cecile Richards Wants Trump to Visit a Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, So He Can be Lied To

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 22, 2017   |   10:11AM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood leaders must have never heard the old saying, you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

After months and months of acidic criticisms against President Donald Trump and his family, the abortion chain appears to be making desperate, and likely futile, attempt to recruit the president as an ally.

This week, the abortion business’s CEO Cecile Richards urged Trump to visit a Planned Parenthood facility during his trip to Iowa, Bustle reports. She hopes to change the president’s mind about defunding her abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood is desperately trying to keep the government funneling nearly half a billion tax dollars into its coffers every year. U.S. Senate leaders announced plans to consider a bill next week to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal and replace Obamacare. The U.S. House already passed legislation.

Richards wrote to Trump: “Your health care repeal bill will cause millions of women to lose their insurance, could allow insurers to drop maternity coverage, and block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood.”

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She publicly shared the letter Tuesday on Twitter.

“While you are in Iowa, I’m inviting you to see that work firsthand at a Planned Parenthood health center,” she continued. “I hope you will be interested in learning more about the lifesaving care provided there, the people who depend on that care, and the devastating impact of ‘defunding’ Planned Parenthood.”

Trump does not appear to have responded to Richards’ offer.

Planned Parenthood’s No. 1 priority is killing lives, not saving them. This became even clearer earlier this year when Trump offered to support an increase in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood if it stopped doing abortions. The abortion chain refused.

Richards went so far as to call Trump’s offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are Planned Parenthood’s top priority.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. That same year, its prenatal services dropped almost 50 percent to 9,419, and adoption referrals, while up slightly, remained extremely low at 2,889.

Its patient numbers, contraception services, breast exams and cancer screenings are down, too, despite receiving taxpayer-funding increases under President Barack Obama’s administration.

Trump promised to sign a bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business as long as it continues to do abortions.

The House version of the bill would eliminate more than $390 million (about 86 percent) of the annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood from all mandatory spending programs. The measure also would redirect funding to community health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortions. The bill also would repeal Obamacare abortion subsidies.

The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, as well CHIP, Title V and Title X block grant programs.

Trump, who once called himself pro-choice on abortion, said he had a change of heart several years ago and became pro-life. During the first few months of his presidency, Trump has demonstrated his commitment to the pro-life cause by defunding Planned Parenthood’s international arm and other groups that promote and perform abortions overseas with U.S. aid money.

Pro-life groups also praised Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, new Justice Neil Gorsuch. He also has surrounded himself with strong pro-life advocates in his administration, including Vice President Mike Pence.