Planned Parenthood VP: Quit Talking About Babies, “Make the [Abortion] Conversation About Individual Women”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 2, 2018   |   7:04PM   |   Washington, DC

As if Planned Parenthood needs more positive media attention, this week a top public relations news outlet featured the abortion group’s new vice president of communications in a glowing article.

Kevin Griffis, a former employee of the Obama administration, now works for the top abortion business in America. He oversees the abortion group’s large communications department, which employs more than 30 people to focus solely on promoting the abortion chain to the public, according to PR Week.

“I’ve been around great PR teams in campaigns and government,” Griffis said. “But I haven’t been part of a team as good as Planned Parenthood.”

Griffis, who lost his job in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to a pro-life advocate, said he knew he wanted to continue promoting healthcare as a “basic right.” Of course, abortion activists include the killing of unborn babies under the umbrella term of healthcare.

Here’s more from the report:

He has worked in politics and government since 2004 and was involved in President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

After Obama’s election win, Griffis joined the Department of Commerce as director of public affairs, but his real passion was elsewhere.

“I was asked, ‘In a perfect world, what would you like to do in the administration?’ I said I wanted to go to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),” Griffis remembers. “Increasing the number of people who have access to healthcare has always been important to me. It’s a basic right.”

… When Obama’s presidency ended, so did Griffis’ work at HHS. When looking for his next job, he anticipated the challenges Obama’s healthcare legacy, especially the Affordable Care Act, would face with Donald Trump — who had promised to repeal the ACA as president. So he landed at an organization where he could continue to protect access to healthcare: Planned Parenthood.

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Some of Planned Parenthood’s most successful media campaigns have focused on individuals’ stories, rather than abortion or the labels surrounding the debate, he said.

“When we are under attack, one of the things we focus on is the healthcare we deliver,” Griffis told the news outlet. “Labels such as pro-choice and pro-life don’t describe how the majority of the population feels and tend to polarize people. They stop making the conversation about the individual woman.”

Trying to minimize the strength of the pro-life movement, Griffis claimed Planned Parenthood’s opponents are a “small group of very vocal opposition.”

But if the mainstream media bothered to look past the abortion chain’s smooth talking points, they quickly would see a different picture. Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports show that its focus is on abortion and abortion politics, not women’s health care and certainly not individual human beings. Its non-abortion services and patient numbers have been dropping rapidly in the past decade, while its taxpayer funding, political advocacy and market share of abortions have increased.

Its latest report, released just a few days ago, indicates that the abortion chain is not suffering. The report shows that Planned Parenthood had a record income of $1.46 billion in 2016 and the fifth highest annual profit—$98.5 million—in its history.

At the same time, it performed more than 320,000 abortions on unborn babies. That is well over one-third of all the abortions that take place annually in the United States.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice said it officially is investigating whether the abortion chain illegally sold aborted baby body parts.