While giving a speech to law students at the University of Chicago Law School on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards proclaimed that the fight for abortion is similar to the civil rights movement.
Fearing new pro-life legislation with the incoming Trump administration – as the days of the pro-abortion Obama administration come to a close – Richards told the nation’s future lawyers and judges that she and the abortion industry are preparing for four difficult years.
Fight for justice?
In an attempt to rally support, the head of the world’s largest abortion provider likened abortion advocacy with fighting for racial justice and voting rights, insisting that Americans should and will challenge any restrictions on birth control access – including Plan B and other abortifacients – once President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.
“My fear is that the folks who got in now are going to try to erase all of that, and you cannot let that happen,” Richards said during her speech, according to DNA Info Chicago. “It’s not the civil rights movement, it’s not the suffragist movement, but it’s about as close as we’re going to see in our lifetime.”
Pro-life advocates assert that Richards is fearing the worst once Trump and his unwavering pro-life running mate Mike Pence move into the White House.
“Planned Parenthood enjoyed eight years of unquestioning support from President Barack Obama and his administration, but the abortion chain knows its good days won’t last much longer,” Life News’ Micaiah Bilger explained.
According to Richards, Trump’s victory over his pro-abortion Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has triggered a new wave of support for Planned Parenthood, including a surge in requests for services by those who are fearful that it will soon offer less abortive services. She claimed that her government-funded agency received a 900-percent boost in requests the day after the presidential election for intrauterine devices, which serve as a form of long-term birth control.
It is reported that Richards did her best to divert attention from Planned Parenthood’s abortion business and its selling of baby-body parts for profit. She used the opportunity at the law school to use fear tactics – insisting that a Trump administration will make attaining birth control difficult for Americans.
“While Richards focused on birth control during her talk, she knows full well that the primary problem most Americans have with Planned Parenthood is its abortion business,” DNA Info Chicago reports. “The abortion chain destroys the lives of about 320,000 unborn babies every year – more than any other group in the U.S. – and receives about $550 million in taxpayer dollars annually.”
Scandals and profits
With Clinton – Planned Parenthood’s biggest supporter – out of the picture, and after millions of Americans watched in outrage the undercover videos exposed by the Center for Medical Progress, showing how the abortion provider profited from selling aborted body parts from babies, Richards’ future is uncertain. She has much to lose, as Planned Parenthood’s IRS Form 990 indicates that she made $957,952 in 2014.
In league with pro-life activists, Trump vowed that he would sign a bill that would stop the federal funding of Planned Parenthood if it continued to perform abortions. In agreement, Republicans in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate insisted that defunding legislation will be a priority next year when Trump takes office, according to Politico.
Banding himself with pro-life advocates early on in his presidential campaign, Trump has received advice from those at the heart of the fight for the sanctity of human life in America.
“Trump also has surrounded himself with a number of key pro-life leaders, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his pick for HHS Secretary Tom Price,” Bilger informed. “These leaders, among others in the up-coming Trump administration, also are worrying the abortion group.”
It is argued that Richards’ desperate attempt to save the waning abortion industry is resorting to language that makes abortionists – not the preborn babies who they kill – the victims.
“Richards may have been trying to co-opt language that pro-lifers often use by comparing her abortion advocacy to the civil rights and early feminists movements,” Bilger concluded. “But Richards and her abortion organization are fighting against rights for the most vulnerable human beings in society today – babies in the womb. Just as the early feminists fought for the rights of women to vote and the civil rights leaders fought for equal treatment of blacks and other minorities, so, too, pro-lifers fight to restore the right to life for babies in the womb.”
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