Cecile Richards largely ignored strong evidence of sexual abuse and cover-ups at Planned Parenthood throughout her 12 years at the abortion giant.
But now, because Richards does not want U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the court, she is championing herself as a friend and advocate for sexual abuse victims.
In a column for Glamour magazine, Richards offered advice to Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Ford is slated to testify Thursday to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Any woman who has been called before a Republican-led panel knows it’s not about ‘fact-finding.’ It’s political theater masquerading as a search for truth,” Richards wrote, referring to her own experience testifying to Congress in 2015. Her testimony was about Planned Parenthood’s allegedly illegal sales of aborted baby body parts. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the allegations.
In an open letter to Ford, Richards blasted Republicans for playing a political “game” with Ford and other accusers. But her description better fits the pro-abortion Democrats on the committee, one of whom her daughter works for.
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that the name of the game that day wasn’t fact-finding. There was no search for the truth. Instead, it was an opportunity for hostile men in Congress to grill me on everything from my salary to my competency to my memory—and, overall, to humiliate and shame me. And all of this on national television.
But as unpleasant as those hours were, I had on my side two things the hostile congressmen did not.
First, the one in five women in America who have been to Planned Parenthood, who depend upon the organization for lifesaving health care, gave me courage that day. I knew they were standing with me, just as millions of women and men across the country are standing with you—including the many women in America who have themselves been sexually assaulted. When you speak, you speak for all of us.
Second, and most important, what you have on your side is the same thing I was armed with: the truth. No amount of bullying and finger-pointing can take that away. Even if the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate doesn’t want to hear that truth, you will tell it, and the American people will be listening and cheering you on.
But, given the abortion industry’s numerous connections to sexual abuse, it’s difficult not to wonder how many of those one in five women had bad experiences and never returned. Planned Parenthood’s patient numbers have dropped dramatically in the past decade.
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Some of Planned Parenthood’s abortionists have been caught sexually abusing patients. In 2012, a former abortionist at a Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware admitted to sexually harassing patients. A Massachusetts abortionist who used to work at Planned Parenthood also allegedly sexually harassed at least 18 patients and staff before he fled the country, according to the Boston Globe.
The abortion chain has a history of ignoring signs of sexual abuse as well. In Arizona in 2014, local authorities said a Planned Parenthood center failed to report the victim of an alleged serial rapist. Authorities said the young man allegedly raped 18 or more teenage girls before he was caught.
And an Ohio Planned Parenthood faced a lawsuit for failing to report the sexual abuse of another young girl. The case involved a soccer coach who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on his team, LifeNews reported. According to reports, he statutorily raped the girl and then took her to Planned Parenthood to abort their unborn baby.
These are just a few of many documented cases.
Planned Parenthood seemingly ignores sex trafficking victims as well. In 2011, a Live Action investigation uncovered wide-spread willingness among Planned Parenthood employees to help sex traffickers abuse young teens.
Later, one of its employees quit after she said Planned Parenthood ignored its own public promises to train staff to report suspected abuse, and instead trained employees to spot undercover investigators.
It’s strong evidence, and it should cause everyone to question if Richards really stands “in solidarity” with sexual abuse victims or if she just wants to use their stories to push her own political agenda.