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Cecile Richards and the Honor of Defending Cruelty

By Judie Brown

Upon officially leaving the presidency of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards wrote in her goodbye fundraising appeal: “I am filled with emotion. . . . For the last 12 years, I have been honored to stand by your side to fight for reproductive health and rights.”

Her words immediately reminded me of the Scribes and the Pharisees for whom Christ had a few choice words: “You serpents, brood of vipers, how can you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matthew 23:33)

For 12 years Richards presided over the largest abortion mill in the nation and now tells the gullible and her devotees that she is honored to have stood with them through all the killing of preborn babies!

Like everyone involved in the abortion industry, she never uses those words of veracity. Instead, she covers up the truth with terms like reproductive health and rights.

And since facts escape Richards unless they suit her storyline, we must point out that during Richards’ tenure her abortion biz took a dive.

The Stop Planned Parenthood International’s Facilities Report for 2017 shows us the facts. This 16th annual facilities survey reports that “for the first time, the number of Planned Parenthood facilities fell below 600. To be exact, PP now has 597 facilities. You can compare that with 700 facilities in 1973—when Roe v. Wade was decided—and 938 in 1995, when PP was at its peak.” Officially titled American Life League’s 2017 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report, the survey “shows an organization in a continuing free fall.” It continues: “During 2017, Planned Parenthood closed 32 medical facilities in 16 states while opening in just five new communities—one in each of five states. When comparing this year’s results with its 1995 peak, we see that Planned Parenthood closed 36 percent of its facilities!”

Planned Parenthood is extremely vulnerable to the truth. Organizations like STOPP are making it harder and harder for Planned Parenthood to hide its machinations. And while it is true that PP uses the media and the court system to bully its way into receiving more taxpayer dollars and to allegedly protect itself from government investigations, even that is not working these days.

When David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, heard that Richards was departing, he wrote: “Cecile Richards was the most devoted practitioner of Planned Parenthood’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra to cover up their barbaric abortion business from the public. After CMP’s revealing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors and the damning findings of multiple Congressional probes, Richards’ departure shows that the old strategy is no longer working as Planned Parenthood faces federal criminal investigation for selling aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains. Planned Parenthood’s new leadership should commit to full transparency with the Department of Justice and with the public, and to ending this taxpayer-funded criminal abortion enterprise once and for all.”

Cutting off taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is a worthy goal. Shutting it down at the local level is vital as well. We accomplish this dual purpose through education, activism, and strategy focused on putting an end to Planned Parenthood’s propaganda that disguises the cruelty of abortion by calling it reproductive rights!

Cecile Richards’ legacy is tragic. As we mourn the deaths of all those preborn babies who have died in Planned Parenthood’s facilities, we resolve anew to expose the truth behind the so-called reproductive right to commit cruelty.

There is no honor in abortion, no matter what you call it.


Learn the facts about abortion.

Teach your children from kindergarten onward the truth that every human being is a precious gift from God.

Work with American Life League to stop Planned Parenthood.