Progressive Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization “that provides reproductive health services.” It operates about 650 clinics across America, where some 325,000 abortions are performed annually. In 2015, PP received $580 million from the US government in grants and contracts, much of which was for Medicaid reimbursements.
PP is also a high-profile progressive organization and core member of the progressive infrastructure in America, which seeks to fundamentally change the nation’s structure.
PP lurched to the far left in 2005, when progressive Cecile Richards was named president. She previously was Deputy Chief of Staff for Cong. Nancy Pelosi. Before coming to PP, Richards was the founder and president of America Votes, an organization that operates as “a permanent campaign to continually advance progressive causes.”
Planned Parenthood endorsed Barrack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, has contributed millions of dollars to mainly Democratic/progressive candidates.
PP supports of open borders. PP, Richards said, “believe[s] that health has no borders.” She decries “border militarization and an abundance of border checkpoints [that] have make it nearly impossible for [illegal] immigrants to access health care due to the high risk of detention and deportation.”
In March 2017, Richards was a featured speaker at a Democratic Alliance conference. At the event she discussed grassroots opposition to the Trump Administration and changing “the nation’s political direction.” Richards also participated in the 2014 DA conference in Chicago titled, “A New Progressive Era.”
Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National Committee, named PP a key political allay. In preparation for the 2018 midterm election, he said the DNC planed to build “strong partnerships with the labor movements, Planned Parenthood, and religious communities.”1
PP works with many progressive organizations, including the Center for Community Change, the Fair Immigration Movement, United We Dream, CASA, Make the Road New York, the New York Immigration Coalition, and SEIU. PP is a sponsor of America Votes and other progressive groups.
Richards salary and bonus in 2016 totaled about $600,000. In 2018, she resigned and was replaced by Dr. Leana Wen.
1) “Dem Chair Pledges Opposition to Trump on Everything but Socialized Medicine,” Free Beacon, March 28, 2017.
PP an Enemy of Religious Freedom
Planned Parenthood supported federal legislation adopted by the Obama Administration to force Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns that operate nursing homes for the elderly, to make available abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives to employees in violation to their faith.
For failing to provide the abortion related items, the Little Sisters of the Poor faced government fines totally $70 million a year. The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration of behalf of nearly 500 Catholic non-profit organizations. “[T]he government forces us to either violate our conscience,” said Mother Provincial Loraine Marie Maguire, “or take millions of dollars that we raise by begging for the care of the elderly poor and instead pay fines to the IRS.”
PP supporters demonstrated in Washington, DC, against the lawsuit. PP called the nuns “out-of-touch bosses” because of their religious beliefs. In a speech to the PP’s Greater Texas Chapter, Richards accused the nuns of religious hypocrisy and violating their employees’ right to birth control.
“The hypocrisy of these cases is profound,” Richards said. “It’s incredible to me that any employer in the 21st century would deny their employees access to birth control.”
In March 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously vacated all lower court cases against the Little Sisters of the Poor, stating the government cannot force them to choose between violating their consciences and paying substantial fines and penalties.