• According to news sources in Cecile Richards’ own memoir, “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead”, she admits to prioritizing abortions ahead of women’s health services
  • Planned Parenthood receives over $500 Million yearly from taxpayers, and performs over 320,000 abortions yearly
  • It is becoming increasingly evident that Planned Parenthood isn’t about women’s health, but rather about abortion and politics
  • Under the “Hyde Amendment” it is illegal to use taxpayer funding for abortions. Planned Parenthood’s operations are comingled in such a way it is highly likely the Hyde Amendment is being violated

It has been reported that the Trump Administration, through Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, offered Planned Parenthood continued federal funding if it would stop performing abortions.  Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, turned down that offer which would have ended political risk to her organization.  This wasn’t a “hot mic” moment, but was actually in Cecile Richards’ own memoir, “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead.”

Most Pro-Life Republican, Pro-Life Democrat, and fiscally conservative politicians are afraid to advocate for discontinuing the over $500 Million Planned Parenthood receives from our Federal Government through a variety of funding and billing streams.  Political experts have pointed out that when polled most of Americans feel Planned Parenthood is an organization that is primarily concerned with women’s health.  With the help of a complicit mainstream media, Panned Parenthood’s public relations initiatives have been so effective they have been able to convince most Americans that their 320,000 yearly abortions are incidental to Planned Parenthood’s overall mission, which their propaganda of course bills as “women’s health.”

The Pro-Life community has long charged that the women’s health services provided by Planned Parenthood is cover for their core missions of remaining the United States of America’s largest abortion provider.  The challenge from the Pro-Life community was simple, if Planned Parenthood was truly interested in the well-being of all women and the abortions they provide is a very small part of their services, then Planned Parenthood could easily stop performing abortions and avoid any controversies that may endanger their funding.  If abortions are not a big part of what Planned Parenthood does, discontinuation should be of no consequence.  It may very well boil down to Planned Parenthood being a political entity that doesn’t want to surrender an issue they can organize their voters around – unrestricted access to abortions.  It has been suggested that Planned Parenthood could completely spin off its abortion services into a separate and entirely disconnected unit.  No takers there either.

The Hyde Amendment bars taxpayer money from being spent on abortion services.  It is the opinion of many that Planned Parenthood gets around the Hyde Amendment using semantics, accounting gimmicks, and the fungibility of money.  This opinion is justified in Planned Parenthood’s unwillingness to spin off its abortion services.  Furthermore, one could reasonably assume that the revenue Planned Parenthood receives from U.S. taxpayers helps cover the costs of clinic space, equipment, receptionists, book keepers, staff, professional services, and senior management that are involved in abortion related services.

It takes a lot of hubris and contempt for the American taxpayer for Cecile Richards to admit, in her own book none the less, that she nor Planned Parenthood would give up performing abortions to secure funding for women’s health care.  That is a concrete admission what Planned Parenthood stands for: abortions, not women’s health.

The most recent 2,232 page omnibus spending bill passed by a Republican Congress does not do anything to enforce the Hyde Amendment or audit abortion providers that likely are indirectly receiving taxpayer money under the umbrella of “women’s health services.”  Members of Congress like their jobs, they fight to keep them.  There are very few in Congress who are willing to use their elected office to address the issue of Planned Parenthood’s smoke and mirrors regarding the true objectives of their organization.  It is easier for politicians to have their votes and positions mirror the perceptions of the voters than it is to inform and educate as to the reality of the issues.

One can hope that the arrogance that Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards displayed in her new book will give pro-lifers, fiscal conservatives, and Constitutionalists the ammunition needed to push back against taxpayer funding of abortion.  If Planned Parenthood isn’t willing to secure funding for women’s health services by spinning off abortion services, Planned Parenthood isn’t interested in women’s health.  Planned Parenthood’s interests lie in abortions and politics, likely indirectly funded by your tax dollars.  This stunning intentional admission is the opportunity for elected leaders who say they are pro-life or pro-taxpayer to get beyond the propaganda that Planned Parenthood and women’s health is somehow synonymous, and demand a publicly disclosed independent audit of Planned Parenthood’s income and operations.

Image: Cecile Richards” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Lorie Shaull