Thank You Cecile Richards – For Making the Pro-Life Movement So Strong
For Cecile Richards, the head (and face) of Planned Parenthood, the answer is simple: resign.
For the last 12 years Richards has led Planned Parenthood to become the world’s largest abortion merchant. Making use of her political ties Richards made abortion a central plank in every Democrat’s platform. Abortion is now, among Democrats, considered a “fundamental human right,” though it has only been legal for 45 years. And Planned Parenthood has reaped the benefits of Richard’s political gamesmanship in the form of approximately $500 million dollars in tax-funding each year over the last decade.
Richards’ resignation announcement is a surprise that few saw coming. She has had no challengers to her leadership at Planned Parenthood and has, arguably, done an excellent job leading the organization. When news broke that Richards might resign, it immediately made headlines with supporters and opponents wigging in.
But why resign? If you have taken an organization from mediocrity to international prominence, why head for the door now?
Could it have something to do with the administration change in Washington? It’s no secret that former President Obama was a huge abortion and Planned Parenthood supporter. He did everything in his power to aid Planned Parenthood. This included giving the non-profit organization millions in tax-payer funds each year, blocking any legislation to limit abortion, appointing pro-abortion judges and other government officials, refusing to have his DOJ investigate the organization for selling aborted baby body parts, and even cutting off federal funding to Texas after it dared to defund Planned Parenthood. President Obama was truly a friend of abortion and Planned Parenthood.
So far, however, President Trump has made it clear that he supports life and his administration will defend the unborn at every opportunity. Trump’s first loud and clear message was to nominate staunchly pro-life judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Other actions, such as rescinding President Obama’s threat to defund any state that yanks funding for Planned Parenthood, appointing pro-life government officials, and appearing via video feed to the March for Life (the first president to do so), are sending a clear message to the nation that President Trump intends to be a pro-life president.
Perhaps this new administration’s pro-life policy has encouraged Richards to step down. Maybe she sees the writing on the wall for Planned Parenthood. Maybe she is concerned about the new DOJ investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted baby body parts for profit. Without President Obama and pro-abortion allies like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will protect Planned Parenthood? Now, if they have violated federal law, someone might actually be prosecuted. Maybe Cecile Richards doesn’t want to get her hands dirty (anymore).
Or maybe Richards is smart enough to see that support for abortion is falling. As science continues to show us the humanity of the unborn, younger generations are rejecting abortion ideology in favor of life. Consider for a moment that over the last 5 years Planned Parenthood has done an average of 325,000 abortions each year. While that number is sickening, it’s not growing, it’s declining.
Lifenews.com shares the following statistics from Planned Parenthood’s 2016-17 annual report:
-In 2016, abortions made up 96% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy resolution services, while prenatal services, miscarriage care, and adoption referrals accounted for only 2.3% (7,762), 0.4% (1,182) and 1.2% (3,889), respectively.
-Prenatal services dropped nearly 18% in 2016 and more than 60% over the past five reported years.
-For every adoption referral in 2016, Planned Parenthood performed more than 82 abortions. Over the past five reported
years, the ratio was approx. 126 abortions for every adoption referral.
-Total services are down nearly 13%.
-Total cancer screening and prevention services have dropped by more than 41%, including declines of approximately 39% for breast exams and 43% for pap tests.
-Contraceptive services are down nearly 28%.
-Unique patients have dropped by 600,000 – a 20% decline.
-Approximately 100 (14%) of Planned Parenthood facilities have closed their doors.
As states takes matters into their own hand due to inaction by the federal government, pro-life laws are being passed at records numbers. Sex-trafficking perpetrators often aided by Planned Parenthood are being exposed, victims are being helped. Parental consent laws for abortion on a minor are being enacted. Schools are finding just how much of a failure comprehensive sex education programs, often sponsored by Planned Parenthood, really are.
Perhaps the biggest contributor to the advancement of pro-life values is the science that undoubtedly shows the humanity of the unborn. States are beginning to pass their own 20 week abortion bans in light of the fact that an unborn child at 20 weeks can feel pain. States are eyeing dismemberment abortion bans, which is Planned Parenthood’s favorite way to perform an abortion; and one of the most dangerous for a woman.
We owe Cecile Richards our thanks. Without her leadership at Planned Parenthood who knows where the pro-life movement would be today. If she hadn’t pushed abortion into every corner of American cultural and political life, perhaps many would not care as deeply as they do today. Whatever Richards plans to do after leaving Planned Parenthood, thank you for helping the pro-life movement grow, expand, and become a central issue in our culture. We have hope that one day very soon it will no longer be acceptable to kill unborn children in the womb and that all lives, especially the most vulnerable, will be protected.