At DNC, Democrats Celebrate Abortion But Refuse to Name It

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On Tuesday night, Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood, was the first speaker at the Democratic National Convention to use the word “abortion.”

Many pro-abortion activists hailed Richards’ utterance as “de-stigmatizing” and a leap forward to “abortion normalization.” What is interesting about Richards’ speech is not, however, what she said, but what the other speakers in Philadelphia have not said.

For the most part, Democrats refuse to say the word “abortion.” They believe the word is political poison.

Polling suggests 81 percent of American voters support restrictions on abortion that the Democratic platform is open hostile towards. Similar polling also points to fact that the youth and minority groups — the crown jewels of the Obama coalition — believe abortion is morally wrong.

The Democrats fear that if their party truthfully communicated their pro-abortion platform, Americans would turn against the left in droves. The fact that Cecile Richards, perhaps the most radically pro-abortion woman in the country, is the only one with the strength of conviction to even so much as use the word “abortion” is a testament to the pro-life movement’s growing strength.

However, that doesn’t mean that the DNC is dodging the abortion issue entirely. Indeed, as one Washington Examiner writer described it, the Democratic convention is a celebration of abortion.

Leaders of pro-abortion groups, from Richards to the heads of NARAL and EMILY’s List, have given hyped-up addresses to the delegates. The Democrats’ platform supports essentially deregulating abortion clinics to encourage “easy access.” The Democratic nominee has abandoned her husband’s mantra that abortion ought to be “safe, legal, and rare” in favor of a new motto “legal and available with federal funding.”

Democrats know that if they speak openly and honestly about their positions, they will lose the people’s support. Continue Reading

Four Times Cecile Richards Made Planned Parenthood Look Even Worse During the Congressional Hearing

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards (photo credit: David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0)

On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sat before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to respond to questions from the members regarding the organization’s federal funding.  This was Richards’ first testimony since the Center for Medical Progress released the undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood executives discussing how they sell baby body parts.

Rather than clearing up any misconceptions about Planned Parenthood that could be giving us an unfair view of their practices, however, Richards succeeded in making her company look even worse—an accomplishment which at this point is an incredible feat. Here are four times Cecile Richards assisted the case to defund Planned Parenthood:

1.) When she explained the difference between “procedures” and “services.”

In this video, Richards corrects the obviously misinformed Rep. Cynthia Lummis that Planned Parenthood actually doesn’t do mammograms, a false claim that Obama and other Democrats have used over and over to support the company.

She then kindly clarifies an often misinterpreted statistic about Planned Parenthood’s operations: that abortions only make up 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services—a broad and ambiguous term that they define as any “discrete clinical interaction.” At the same time, abortions account for 86 percent of Planned Parenthood’s profit.

As Rep. Lummis wanted to know, “how do you explain this massive disparity between the amount of revenue you collect from abortion and the fact that you only report 3 percent of your services being abortion?”

Well if we look at Planned Parenthood’s procedures, we’ll find that in 2011, abortions made up 92 percent of Planned Parenthood’s actual pregnancy services (abortion, pre-natal care, and adoption referrals). Continue Reading