Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, is scheduled to testify at a hearing in front of the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. EST. According to the committee’s page regarding tomorrow’s hearing, here is the purpose and background:
- To examine the use of taxpayer funding by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA) and its affiliates.
- PPFA supports 59 independent affiliates operating 667 health centers across the United States. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, Planned Parenthood reported approximately $1.3 billion in total revenue, of which $528.4 million (41%) is attributed to “government health services grants and reimbursements.”
- CBO estimates that Planned Parenthood receives approximately $450 million annually in federal funds, nearly all of which is from programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
I expect Cecile to spew forth many of the same excuses we’ve been hearing, not just in recent years, but in recent months. Regardless of the lies used in an attempt to undermine the videos from The Center for Medical Progress, the fact is they’ve struck a nerve among the American people. Not only have they shaken people out of complacency to become louder advocates for life, but they’ve actually pushed people off the fence and squarely into the pro-life side. I’ve seen more than one person admit as much on social media. The videos are there, the footage is horrific, the words are stomach-churning, and you must react. Either push it away and blame editing or lack of scientific knowledge, or confront the fact that the butchery documented on the footage happens daily in the land of the free and the home of the brave. If you know about them and have viewed them, there isn’t a third option.
To hear the pro-abort crowd talk, you’d think that every single form of birth control was invented by Planned Parenthood, that PP locations are the only place to find them, and that women are entirely incapable of making decisions for themselves and their offspring. Unsurprisingly, there are many types of birth control available all over the place, and several options are inexpensive. As to women being capable? We are, but each woman must make the decision to protect the life inside her, whether unplanned, unexpected, or conceived through unwanted violence. Women know the truth, but must accept that truth. Like it or not, a woman’s body has the function of being an incubator for new life, capable of nourishing, protecting, and carrying a child. If that truth is unpleasant, they need to take it up with God.
Cecile is the poster-chick for Planned Parenthood. With an ice-queen look and manner about her, she is well-suited for her job as president of an organization that masquerades as healthcare while really being a money-making death mill. Naturally, she is praised for her role, and fans hang on her words. Her July op-ed in The Washington Post regurgitated PP talking points in an attempt to appear compassionate, necessary, and misunderstood. She and her cohorts, like [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] here, decry a “war on women!” and vow to keep the “attacks” from occurring/continuing. Not only is that claim a tired one, but it’s incorrect. The majority of women get their care from places other than Planned Parenthood, places that don’t also perform abortions.
The power of the purse and the inconvenience associated with so-called inconvenient life drives those such as Cecile and her underlings. People sit horrified at the thought of what poor women might have to do to get healthcare, but with so many women’s clinics nationwide, options are plenty. Simcha Fisher’s article on Patheos titled “But what will poor people do if Planned Parenthood is defunded?” hits the nail on the head. As a self-described “poor woman in New Hampshire for the last forty years”, she exclaims:
…Planned Parenthood is like the classic abusive boyfriend: They’ve got us convinced that we need them, we’re going to be lost without them, we’re no good without them, we’ll never make it on our own.
The truth is, most of what Planned Parenthood offers is abortion. That’s their cash cow. The reason they say it’s only 3% of their business is because they count everything that goes along with abortion as an individual service: you go in because you’re pregnant, and they give you a pregnancy test, and an STD test, and an abortion, maybe some antibiotics, and a box of birth control pills. Guess what? Planned Parenthood just provided five services — and abortion was a mere 20%. Now mix in a bunch of teenagers who stop by to get free condoms, and it’s pretty easy to get that number down to 3%.
It’s a stupid game, but it works. And it makes people think,
What would we do without Planned Parenthood?
We would do fine.
We would do fine.
On Tuesday, Cecile Richards will do her best to convince the committee and the American people that we need her and the corporation of death she leads. The truth is that women, men, and babies not only don’t need Planned Parenthood, but would be better off without it in every way. Don’t expect Cecile to say this, though. She has a bottom line to meet, and those nine months are ticking away.