By Jim Sedlak
As its lame-duck president, Cecile Richards, plans to leave Planned Parenthood in May, the organization is taking steps to make abortion more acceptable in the United States and easier for Planned Parenthood.
In her years at the helm, Richards did not see any large increase in Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers. But, now that she is exiting, the organization wants to take the political power Richards is leaving and turn that into a boon for its abortion and abortifacient birth control business.
Last week, Planned Parenthood held a news conference to announce its plans for 2018. Fittingly, this was a news conference held over the phone rather than one where reporters gather in person. This fits the ever-growing web-cam abortion business Planned Parenthood is also working toward.
In combination with the news conference, Planned Parenthood issued a press release that said, in part: “Today, Planned Parenthood, in conjunction with state lawmakers, advocates, and fellow advocacy groups, unveiled a sweeping plan to push initiatives that expand access to reproductive health care [sic] in all 50 states. The push kicks off today, with the announcement that more than a dozen states this week are moving legislation that would expand access to abortion, birth control, and other reproductive health care.” The release further clarified that Planned Parenthood seeks “protections for birth control coverage, bills that expand access to abortion, and changes to make sex education more inclusive.”
For those familiar with the three-step business model upon which Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood—create customers through sex “education,” make more money from the sale of, mostly abortifacient, contraceptives, and make even more money from abortions “needed” to take care of the expected contraceptive failures—these objectives are not surprising.
In her talk during the press conference, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, gave four examples of the kinds of legislation Planned Parenthood considers important:
- A bill in Missouri to repeal the 72-hour waiting period before a mother can have her child killed through abortion.
- A bill in Maine that would force nurse practitioners to become abortionists by providing the abortion pill to mothers to kill their child.
- A bill recently passed in California to require all campuses of California State University and the University of California to stock the abortion pill in the health centers on campus and make those instruments of death available to all students who request them.
- A bill in New Jersey that will provide $7.5 million to Planned Parenthood to ply its grisly trade. All state money to Planned Parenthood in New Jersey had been cut off by former governor Chris Christi.
These four items are just examples of what Planned Parenthood is seeking, but they give you a good picture of what PP considers important. These are not about healthcare; they are about murder. Whether it is surgical abortion using suction, instruments, and saline; medication abortions using mifepristone and other pills; contraceptive abortions using birth control pills, shots, implants, and IUDs; or anything else that kills unique human beings from their inception, it is all murder, and Planned Parenthood is complicit in those deaths.
This new push by Planned Parenthood is a natural outcome of its political organizing efforts under Richards, but it also follows other political pressure being brought to kill more and more babies in the United States. WRAL.com reports that, “in January, more than 200 legislators from 41 states,” undoubtedly at Planned Parenthood’s urging, “formed the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council to promote ‘a bold, unapologetic stance in favor of abortion rights.’” You can see a full list of the members of this group by clicking here.
In its press conference, Planned Parenthood said it would work alongside these state lawmakers, advocates for reproductive rights, and partners—such as the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Latino Memphis in Tennessee, and the Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus—to push reproductive rights (i.e., abortions) policies in more than a dozen states and DC this week. The states named by Planned Parenthood as being immediate targets for its efforts include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia, along with the District of Columbia.
Of course, those who oppose Planned Parenthood have been active in many of these states for years, but what is new this year is that Planned Parenthood is putting itself out there and publicly announcing its intentions. History shows that Planned Parenthood has not been very successful when it sets these massive goals. Back in 1992, after Bill Clinton was elected president, Planned Parenthood—with 922 clinics at the time—announced it would have 2,000 clinics by the year 2000. It never reached more than 938, and today has 597.
Furthermore, who can forget Planned Parenthood’s great claim a couple of years ago that “these doors will stay open”? Yet, in every year since, it has closed two to three dozen clinics.
Now we get this proclamation of political might and self-interest. Laguens concluded her address to the press last week with a statement that makes one wonder if the organization ever lets facts get in the way of PP’s self-serving agenda. Laguens said: “And just to remind people, health care is the means by which we deliver on our big idea, but the big idea behind Planned Parenthood for more than 100 years is that your body is your own and unless you can control your own body, you cannot be free and you cannot be equal.”
Of course, if anyone really believed this dribble, we would negate all laws against drunk driving, heroin, cocaine, and other drugs. After all, according to Planned Parenthood, people who do these things are just controlling their own bodies in the way they want.
But we don’t even have to push that analogy. The scientific, biological fact is that a preborn baby is not part of his mother’s body. Why is it that children, like those involved in our Culture of Life Studies Program, know instinctively that a preborn child is a separate, unique human being, while Planned Parenthood executives, who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, cannot wrap their minds around that simple fact?
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk program on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.