May 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Cecile Richards has finally stepped down from Planned Parenthood, and Hillary Clinton marked the occasion with a tweet pro-lifers are panning for grim irony.
Richards announced in January she would be retiring after twelve years as the abortion giant’s president, and stepped down on Tuesday. She ended her run with an annual salary of almost $1 million, and presided over the abortions of an estimated 3.5 million babies.
The day before, failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted a thank-you for Richards for “getting up every single day to fight for a world where women's rights truly are human rights.”
Thank you @CecileRichards for your extraordinary leadership over the last 12 years as president of Planned Parenthood – and for getting up every single day to fight for a world where women's rights truly are human rights. #ThankYouCecile pic.twitter.com/Mq6Q2KtNaq
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 1, 2018
The Daily Wire rounded up a variety of responses to the tweet calling out the invocation of “human rights” for a business that kills preborn humans in the womb:
“Women's rights truly are human rights.”
Unless you're still in the womb. ��
RIP, all the unborn women. �� �� https://t.co/4PpaHRKVbA
— Savannah Belle �� (@SavannahBelle01) May 1, 2018
The aborted babies couldn't be reached for comment.
— Jeremy (@The_Smirker) May 1, 2018
Fighting for children? Hahaha do you even know what an abortion is?
— Lori (@loriwatson106) May 1, 2018
Last week, Playboy published an interview asking Richards when she believed human life began, to which she claimed that “I’ve spent a lot of time with ob-gyns, and they will tell you there is no specific moment when life begins.”
In fact, long-settled biological criteria establishes that a distinct, living human exists once fertilization has occurred. Richards’ counterpart in the United Kingdom, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) chief executive Ann Furedi, admitted in 2008 that a fetus was “clearly human in the sense that it’s not a gerbil, and we can recognize that it is human life.”
Students for Life of America noted Clinton’s greeting, as well, observing that it placed her in strikingly dubious company:
Groups that are saying #ThankYouCecile today:
The Clintons, Racists, Rapists, Unlicensed Doctors, Eugenicists, Misogynists, The Satanic Temple
— Students for Life (@StudentsforLife) April 30, 2018
Citing Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report, the pro-life Radiance Foundation commemorated Richards’ retirement by detailing how Planned Parenthood increased abortions while decreasing actual medical services for women under her leadership.
Cecile led @PPFA to provide Less Care, No Matter What. Since she took over, major medical services to women have plummeted. PPFA's client base plunged nearly 700,000. Yup. #ThankYouCecile for making PPFA a political, not medical, machine. https://t.co/2MGdTwgyWV #HereWeAre pic.twitter.com/OyNhcTnvKm
— Radiance Foundation (@lifehaspurpose) May 1, 2018
From fiscal years 2006 to 2016, Planned Parenthood’s annual abortions rose almost eleven percent. During that same period, breast cancer screenings declined 62%, pap tests declined 72%, and prenatal care declined 30%.
During that period, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding also rose 62%, and Richards’ own salary skyrocketed 201%.