The two faces of Planned Parenthood

November 11, 2016 10:05 AM
TwoFacedBlog

By William Mahoney, PhD

Donald Trump’s victory has sent many into orbit.

Abortion advocates are deeply worried that the new administration might overturn Roe v. Wade—and more pertinent to those financially benefiting from the abortion industry—end taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood (for example, see here and see here).

Business Insider has an article entitled “People are panicking about the fate of America's largest reproductive healthcare provider” (see here), and Planned Parenthood is not happy:

Planned Parenthood CEO, Cecile Richards, sent a press statement on Donald Trump’s Election in which she forgot to congratulate our new president-elect and talked about how the organization “will never back down” and keep fighting and be so wonderful and caring as it serves everybody and…well, most of us know the farcical script by now…for those who don’t, here is a rough summary: “Without Planned Parenthood, the world would probably end; anybody who believes otherwise is an inimical hatemonger who rejects humanity—especially women—and needs to be silenced at all costs.”

Anyway, the sentence in this press statement that leapt off the page and tried to short-circuit my brain was this one: “Health care should not be political” (see here). What a baffling statement from Cecile Richards who is the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America AS WELL AS Planned Parenthood Action Fund! Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the 501(c)(3) that cannot legally endorse a candidate during an election, whereas Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) that can legally endorse a candidate during an election. Cecile Richards endorsed Hillary Clinton early in the campaign (January) and stated its advocacy organizations would spend at least $20 million dollars to get her elected (see here).  

So here is a crazy question: If Planned Parenthood is really a healthcare provider, and healthcare should not be political, then why does Planned Parenthood invest so much time and money into politics?

The answer should be clear. Planned Parenthood has one CEO who runs Planned Parenthood’s abortion chain with its 501(c)(3) face, and heads Planned Parenthood’s deep participation in politics with its 501(c)(4) face. This allows Planned Parenthood to make insincere and contradictory statements like “[h]ealth care should not be political,” since the organization is truly two-faced.  

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