Cecile Richards

What Women REALLY Need

On Monday, I brought to you the heart warming wishes from Planned Parenthood, which started a social media campaign entitled #WhatWomenNeed. It produced a vine of its president, Cecile Richards, flashing a series of cards with an outline of a heart and within each heart a type of procedure, such as mammograms and, of course, "safe and legal abortions" (see it here). The implication was that women abortion was top of mind for women on Valentine's Day. Sick. The reaction probably hasn't been what Ms. Richards has expected. For example, Missy Martinez, the "Pro-Life Warrior Princess" (@missySFLA) shot back with this photo depicting #WhatWomenNeed:

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Busted! Planned Parenthood couldn't provide #WhatWomenNeed even if it wanted to.

Ouch!

Others have reacted as well. New Wave Feminists posted these two images on its Facebook page:

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The truth is told!

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Cecile Richards has a twisted view of what women need.

The fact is, Planned Parenthood devalues the women it says it supports. By recasting abortion as "women's health care" (an admission it's losing the battle on "choice") and declaring that women's issues are all about "reproductive rights" Planned Parenthood relegates women to second class status, worth nothing more than bodies and not intelligent, loving, successful humans — which is what we men want to think of our wives and girlfriends during Valentine's Day. #JustSoWereClear!

Celebrate Valentine's Day The Planned Parenthood Way (Hint: It's Not With Flowers And Chocolates)

Remember this? It was Planned Parenthood's disgusting way of "celebrating" Christmas a few years ago — with a sale of gift certificates. That's right. Celebrate the birth of the Lord by giving your pregnant friend an abortion gift certificate. Now, it wants you to celebrate Valentine's Day the Planned Parenthood Way, which no doubt involves plenty of taxpayer purchased birth control. Then, of course, if it doesn't work (and how many government programs do?), Planned Parenthood has your back (or your uterus, as the case may be) covered with "safe and legal abortions." Ericka Anderson of Victory Girls blog gave us the heads up by citing our reports on the findings of the 2012 Virginia abortion center inspection findings.

The "invitation" to celebrate Valentine's Day with Planned Parenthood came in the vine below via Twitter from Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's president, with the hashtag #WhatWomenNeed. She clouds her shamelessness with calls for healthcare such as mammograms and other screenings, which is fine, except that those procedures barely register on Planned Parenthood's activities.

As Anderson writes:

In case you didn’t know, Planned Parenthood doesn’t have a great track record. While they try to downplay their abortion service, it’s actually a huge part of their business. In fact, last year alone — according to their own annual report, they performed 333,964 abortions. Oh and did I mention they received 45 percent of their revenues from taxpayer-funded government sources during the 2011–2012 fiscal year?

Sarah Torre, a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, said, "Planned Parenthood regularly opposes commonsense laws that would protect women and children from abortion’s harms. They have been accused of neglecting the health and safety of patients and resisting efforts to improve safety standards. ... Women want and deserve more."

She then cites Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom who quotes our reports about the abortion center inspections. If you need a reminder of how gruesome these facilities are, read here.

Equating Valentine's Day — contrived as it may be — with abortion on demand is nothing less than nasty and revolting. I don't think any poll of women, no matter how slanted, would find more than a spec of women who crave (or equate) "reproductive services" with Valentine's Day. It shows how much Planned Parenthood thinks of the women it claims to represent. No chocolate or flowers for you, dear!

Maybe it's not as bad as pushing abortion gift certificates for Christmas, but Planned Parenthood has lowered the bar so much, it makes the nasty, nauseating, vile and vulgar pale in comparison to the ghastly and macabre — and does it with a smile on its face. It certainly isn't #WhatWomenWant.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards: Abortions make the perfect Valentine's Day gift.

The Real Gender Gap

As the Democrat convention begins in Charlotte, N.C., today, the rhetoric is flying fast and furious from the abortion industry, its apologists in the media and the Obama campaign. Its primary message is, of course, the so-called "war on women," which in this case means anything that limits the industry's profits from ending the lives of unborn children. If the abortion-related commercials the Obama campaign is airing in Virginia are any indication, facts and reality are not going to be part of their message. As a woman, I'm embarrassed that anyone of my sex would be so naïve as to fall for such partisan drivel, and allow themselves to be reduced to nothing more than a token of political gamesmanship.

But while the Democrat Party plans to parade the abortion industry's most partisan radicals across its stage this week — from Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood to Nancy Keenan of NARAL to Sandra Fluke, famous for demanding that others pay for her sex life — whose messages will no doubt have the national media tripping over themselves with delight, there's another story coming out of Charlotte that has some feminist leaders a bit flummoxed. Apparently, for the DNC, it might be all about the 'women," but that is apparently limited to the women without children.

You see, the Democrat Party has a new rule that prohibits children from its convention, which has even the most ardent feminists in a tizzy. Some chapters of the National Organization of Women have sent a tersely worded letter to Democrat leaders chastising them for the rule. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem put it bluntly: "It is both right and smart for the Democratic Convention to behave as if children exist."

At least the ones lucky enough to have been a "choice" their mothers can live with.

Planned Parenthood protestors at the Republican convention in Tampa, however, seem just fine with the no kids rule. One lamented that Republican women are just "baby making machines" and "have so many kids," and others who dismissed women who might vote for a Republican as just doing "what their husbands and preachers" tell them to do. (Explicit language warning: Watch video here at the Media Research Center).

All this comes on the heels of several polls regarding the so-called "gender gap" showing that President Obama holds a commanding lead with single women without children, but that gap disappears among married women with children. Some are calling it the "marriage gap."

That should come as no surprise to anyone. Obviously, as we get married and have children, priorities change. Generally, we begin putting others, especially our families, ahead of ourselves. It's called growing up. Some do so even before marriage, but for others it requires more time, and the introduction of responsibility for others.

Which is why, once again, despite all the rhetoric coming from both parties, both campaigns, and some pundits, this election isn't completely about economics. It's about families.

That's something the Democrat Party simply doesn't understand. But, if Republicans want to take advantage, they better start recognizing it as well.

Father Has A Say

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood had a contest. It was in in response to the so-called "war on women." It asked people to make a video with the theme, "I have a say," supposedly to counter all those mean, old, white male legislators who were making the rules by which women must live by. But, we still live in a free country (for the time being) and so anyone could submit a video. Father John Hollowell, a Roman Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, decided to make his own video. He even created a pro-life blog called I Have A Say. You have to love poetic justice (or irony) . . . his video has more than 118,000 views, far outdistancing any of the pro-abortion pap Planned Parenthood intended to solicit. Here it is. Very much worth the viewing.

Hey Cecile! Father John Hollowell has a say and you're not going to like what it is: Father Hollowell calls out Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on the truth about abortion.

Planned Parenthood Attacks Bob McDonnell

At our Gala Monday evening, the loudest applause line of Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb's address was when she said that pro-family Virginians expect that the next governor of Virginia to submit a budget that ends taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood. In a radio interview the next day on the Laura Ingraham Show, Republican candidate for governor Bob McDonnell stated that he would do just that. Now, Planned Parenthood is going berserk over McDonnell’s comments, despite the fact that The Washington Post today claims that Planned Parenthood didn’t receive any taxpayer money in this year’s budget. For several years The Family Foundation has worked with other pro-life organizations to end the taxpayer subsidizing of Planned Parenthood, often finding it difficult to uncover how much money they receive or through what agency or program.

While Planned Parenthood alleges that the money they receive is used for "women’s health care," the fact is that this is a $1 billion a year organization that performs more than one-quarter of all abortions in the nation, with roughly one-third of its income coming from taxpayers.

Oddly, for an organization that claims to be about "health care," it is run by a hard-core partisan Democrat, Cecile Richards, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards and former chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The truth is, it is nothing more than a partisan organization that uses its taxpayer funding to bludgeon pro-life candidates across the country and to promote abortion on demand. This year, Planned Parenthood endorsed McDonnell’s opponent, Creigh Deeds, who supports taxpayer funding of that organization. in fact, Planned Parenthood endorsed all three Democrat statewide candidates.

The fact is that, regardless of their position on abortion, most Virginians do not like the idea of their tax dollars paying for abortions and, by extension, organizations that perform them. Planned Parenthood has plenty of its own money; it doesn’t need any from the taxpayers.

"We're Getting Out Hustled . . . And Just Plain Drowned Out!"

No, those aren't the words of a Creigh Deeds/Jody Wagner/Steve Shannon staffer. They are the words of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards (daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards and former staffer for Nancy Pelosi) in an e-mail she sent to her followers yesterday concerning the debate surrounding abortion and "health care." In the e-mail intended to frighten her following in to action she states, "Make no mistake — Planned Parenthood has been working with legislators day and night. But when it comes to hearing from regular people, the contact with voters that matters most to members of Congress, we're getting out-hustled, outnumbered and just plan drowned out."

Now, ignoring the fact that Ms. Richards just referred to pro-life Americans as "regular people," something she may lose her job over, and taking her at her word, it would appear that us "regular people" are being heard on Capitol Hill. To enflame her followers a little more, she restorts to the typcial misinformation about what is actually happening, but perhaps — just perhaps — she has a moment of honesty and admits that pro-life Americans are winning the battle!

This comes as a new survey by Pew Research finds that more Americans are becoming pro-life.  

Polls conducted in 2009 have found fewer Americans expressing support for abortion than in previous years. According to Pew, "In Pew Research Center polls in 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion clearly outnumbered opponents; now Americans are evenly divided on the question, and there have been modest increases in the numbers who favor reducing abortions or making them harder to obtain. Less support for abortion is evident among most demographic and political groups."

The good news just keeps coming!