Cecile’s Legacy

by Ellen Kolb | May 2nd, 2018

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Cecile's Legacy

The Twit­ter­verse mur­mured #ThankY­ouCe­cile the other day to mark the end of Cecile Richards’s tenure lead­ing the Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica. Hats off to the Baby­lon Bee for skew­er­ing that bit of social media hash­tag­ging: “Woman Cel­e­brated for Killing 3.5 Mil­lion People.”

That satir­i­cal bull’s eye came just a few days after another one from the same source: “Planned Par­ent­hood Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Sex­ual Assault Is Only 3% Of What He Does’”. I wish I’d writ­ten that.

But in all seri­ous­ness, Richards is a con­se­quen­tial woman. It would be a mis­take to pre­tend oth­er­wise. Planned Par­ent­hood has had high-​profile lead­ers before and will have them again. What sets Richards apart are the sheer bloody num­bers and her solid brass determination.

PP is now the nation’s lead­ing abor­tion provider, with more than 321,384 “abor­tion ser­vices” pro­vided in FY 2016 alone. In the same year, accord­ing to PP’s annual report, rev­enue was $1.459 bil­lion, of which $543 mil­lion came from taxpayers.

That trans­fer of funds from your pocket into PP’s, on such an appalling scale, was made pos­si­ble because of a false mes­sage that Cecile Richards deliv­ered unceas­ingly and con­fi­dently: abor­tion is health care. She didn’t invent the mes­sage, but she honed it to a fine edge and wielded it like a surgeon.

She knew that quib­bling over what abor­tion ter­mi­nates wasn’t good for busi­ness. Even see­ing abor­tion as a “right” wasn’t enough to ful­fill her vision. Sell­ing abor­tion as health care, as a pos­i­tive good, was the mes­sage she used to ele­vate PP to the eco­nomic and cul­tural posi­tion it now holds.

The polit­i­cal influ­ence, the vir­tual extor­tion of funds from tax­pay­ers and fel­low non­prof­its alike (cf. the Komen breast-​cancer char­ity), the serene com­po­sure with which she dis­missed the damn­ing videos doc­u­ment­ing the sale of fetal body parts by some PP affil­i­ates: all of it can be explained and defended by buy­ing into her defin­ing mes­sage, abor­tion is health care.

Politi­cians don’t want to sup­port tax­payer dol­lars going to the nation’s largest abor­tion provider? (Hey, I can dream.) They’re after your health care. A pas­tor speaks out in defense of human life? He’s after your health care. A jour­nal­ist doc­u­ments com­merce in fetal body parts; a court upholds an abor­tion reg­u­la­tion, how­ever mild; peace­ful pro-​life wit­nesses pray silently out­side a PP facil­ity: what they’re really after is your health care.

Abor­tion is health care is a hell­ishly lucra­tive legacy for PP. It’s the mes­sage that keeps half a mil­lion of your dol­lars going to the nation’s lead­ing abor­tion provider. No won­der Richards was rewarded with com­pen­sa­tion in excess of half a mil­lion dol­lars a year.

Health care and abor­tion are two dif­fer­ent things. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort for the truth to regain its right­ful place. Don’t ever doubt that one per­son can make a dif­fer­ence. Look at what Cecile Richards left behind.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-​life activist. She cov­ers New Hamp­shire pub­lic pol­icy on the life issues at leav​en​forth​e​loaf​.com.

You can sup­port inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism and DTG’s Mag­nif­i­cent Team by hit­ting DaTip­Jar. Thanks!

The Twitterverse murmured #ThankYouCecile the other day to mark the end of Cecile Richards’s tenure leading the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Hats off to the Babylon Bee for skewering that bit of social media hashtagging: “Woman Celebrated for Killing 3.5 Million People.”

That satirical bull’s eye came just a few days after another one from the same source: “Planned Parenthood Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Sexual Assault Is Only 3% Of What He Does’”. I wish I’d written that.

But in all seriousness, Richards is a consequential woman. It would be a mistake to pretend otherwise. Planned Parenthood has had high-profile leaders before and will have them again. What sets Richards apart are the sheer bloody numbers and her solid brass determination.

PP is now the nation’s leading abortion provider, with more than 321,384 “abortion services” provided in FY 2016 alone. In the same year, according to PP’s annual report, revenue was $1.459 billion, of which $543 million came from taxpayers.

That transfer of funds from your pocket into PP’s, on such an appalling scale, was made possible because of a false message that Cecile Richards delivered unceasingly and confidently: abortion is health care. She didn’t invent the message, but she honed it to a fine edge and wielded it like a surgeon.

She knew that quibbling over what abortion terminates wasn’t good for business. Even seeing abortion as a “right” wasn’t enough to fulfill her vision. Selling abortion as health care, as a positive good, was the message she used to elevate PP to the economic and cultural position it now holds.

The political influence, the virtual extortion of funds from taxpayers and fellow nonprofits alike (cf. the Komen breast-cancer charity), the serene composure with which she dismissed the damning videos documenting the sale of fetal body parts by some PP affiliates: all of it can be explained and defended by buying into her defining message, abortion is health care.

Politicians don’t want to support taxpayer dollars going to the nation’s largest abortion provider? (Hey, I can dream.) They’re after your health care. A pastor speaks out in defense of human life? He’s after your health care. A journalist documents commerce in fetal body parts; a court upholds an abortion regulation, however mild; peaceful pro-life witnesses pray silently outside a PP facility: what they’re really after is your health care.

Abortion is health care is a hellishly lucrative legacy for PP. It’s the message that keeps half a million of your dollars going to the nation’s leading abortion provider. No wonder Richards was rewarded with compensation in excess of half a million dollars a year.

Health care and abortion are two different things. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort for the truth to regain its rightful place. Don’t ever doubt that one person can make a difference. Look at what Cecile Richards left behind.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-life activist. She covers New Hampshire public policy on the life issues at leavenfortheloaf.com.  

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