President Obama spoke at Planned Parenthood's annual gala April 26, using the platform to affirm his continued support of the abortion giant, while attacking states that have worked to protect the unborn and their mothers by passing legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Significantly, Obama is the first sitting president to address the so-called “family planning” organization. Just as significant is the fact that nowhere in Obama's lengthy speech could he bring himself to utter the word “abortion,” although Planned Parenthood is responsible for 40 percent of the murderous procedures done in the United States, and abortion makes up a significant portion of its revenue stream.
Instead, the president played on Planned Parenthood's penchant for posing as the friend of women — particularly low-income women who sometimes use its clinics for cancer screenings, contraceptives, and such. “Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time,” crooned Obama to his Planned Parenthood audience. “Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic.”
And — without speaking the abhorrent “A” word — the president noted that “somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.” By which he meant that Planned Parenthood has been only too willing to kill the pre-born babies of countless women who decided that, for whatever reason, a baby would be an unnecessary inconvenience.
As he ingratiated himself to the Planned Parenthood audience by affirming the group's contraception and abortion agenda, Obama also affirmed his commitment to aggressively oppose those who are fighting for the pre-born and their mothers by working to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Referring to such states as North Dakota, which recently passed legislation that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and Mississippi, where pro-life lawmakers were unsuccessful in their attempts to pass a personhood measure that would have protected all humans from the moment of conception, Obama fairly sneered that “after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”
Ridiculing the over 40 states where lawmakers have introduced or passed laws to protect the unborn, Obama quipped to the supportive chuckles of the pro-abortion audience: “When you read about these laws you want to check the calendar. You want to make sure you're still living in 2013. Forty years after the Supreme Court affirmed a woman's constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose [abortion], we shouldn't have to remind people that when it comes to a woman's health, no politician should get to decide what's best for you.”
During his talk the president admitted that his ObamaCare “Affordable Care Act” socialized medicine scheme will be a financial windfall to the folks at Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. “Because of the ACA, most insurance plans are now covering the cost of contraceptive care,” the president announced, “so that a working mom doesn’t have to put off the care she needs just so she can pay her bills on time. Because of the Affordable Care Act, 47 million women have new access to preventive care like mammograms and cancer screenings with no copay, no deductible, no out-of-pocket costs, so they don’t have to put off a mammogram just because money is tight.”
Add to that the ACA's infamous contraception mandate rider that would require businesses to provide free contraception — including abortion-inducing drugs — to their employees, and Planned Parenthood is set to add more billions to the hundred of millions in federal tax dollars it receives.
Re-affirming his commitment to do everything in his power to protect the abortion giant, which ponied up some $15 million in its efforts to help re-elect Obama in 2012, the president concluded his speech with the declaration that if he, his attorney general, and a core of federal judges get their way, “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It's not going anywhere today. It's not going anywhere tomorrow.”
After the president's patronizing address, Planned Parenthood's head, Cecile Richards, returned the favor, crowing that “President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights” — even while she conceded that Planned Parenthood faces “unprecedented attacks” from states that have grown tired of pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the coffers of the abortion business.
Predictably, during his speech Obama made no mention of the alarming testimony offered recently by a Planned Parenthood representative during a Florida legislative session, in which she refused to condemn what has euphemistically been termed “post-birth abortion” — the killing of a baby moments or more after he or she has been successfully delivered by a mother.
Nor did the president make any allusion to the high-profile trial of Philadelphia's “House of Horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell, charged with the “post abortion” murders of several babies born alive at his climic. A grand jury report laid out the horrific conditions inside Gosnell's clinic, and speculated that hundreds of newborns were murdered over the years by Gosnell and his workers.
Marjorie Dannenfelser of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List accused Obama of intentionally turning a blind eye to the fact that Planned Parenthood admitted to having been informed about the conditions inside Gosnell's clinic “yet chose not to act to help end the killing of newborn babies and butchering of women,” charged Dannenfelser. “President Obama blatantly ignored this inconvenient truth about the abortion industry’s horrific lack of oversight, and disparaged the pro-life advocates who wake up each morning with the goal of saving the lives of unborn children and women from the pain of abortion.”
She added that “not even eyewitness accounts of Gosnell-style conditions” in Planned Parenthood's own clinics appeared to be enough “to make President Obama reconsider his unyielding support for Planned Parenthood, which in a single year performed more than 333,000 abortions and received half a billion dollars in taxpayer money.”
Specifically, noted LifeNews.com, Planned Parenthood's own annual report “shows the abortion giant did a record 333,964 abortions on unborn children during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Those abortions were estimated to have generated $150 million dollars for the 'nonprofit' organization. While the number of abortions reached a record high, only 2,300 Planned Parenthood customers were referred to adoption agencies during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.”
Photo: President Obama at 2013 Planned Parenthood National Conference in Washington: AP Images