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Planned Parenthood: ‘We firmly believe that every person has the right to live’

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The leader of the nation’s most lucrative abortion business used President Trump’s decision to phase out an exemption for illegal immigrants who came to the country as children as a fundraising opportunity.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent a fundraising email to supporters bemoaning the rollback of former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“At Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely,” Richards said without referring to abortion. “We believe in every person’s right to control their own destiny and their own body.”

Planned Parenthood fundraising email: “We firmly believe that every person has the right to live” pic.twitter.com/yLwEhiufaK

— Kate Scanlon (@kgscanlon) September 5, 2017

Richards called Trump’s decision “an attack” on “young people.”

“I’m infuriated. I’m heartbroken,” Richards wrote as she vowed to “fight back against this cruel and heartless decision.”

The Daily Caller and other conservative media called out Richards. The DC’s Jim Treacher responded that Richards believes everyone has the right to live, “that is, assuming a person’s destiny and body haven’t already been torn to pieces by Planned Parenthood. If their extremities haven’t been separated by an abortionist. If they haven’t been killed and sold off for parts.”

“If you’re reading this, I’m glad your brains haven’t been sucked out of your skull and your body dismembered so people like Cecile Richards can make some money,” Treacher concluded.

Twitter users pointed out the irony in Richards’ statement, proclaiming the right to life while taking the lives of more than 300,000 human beings every year.

Except for the human being inside the womb. https://t.co/gavzZJiu89

— Gingeriffic (@mchastain81) September 5, 2017

The lack of self-awareness here is incredible. https://t.co/btFYmzgR6J

— D.E. (@tkdylan) September 5, 2017

NARRATOR: Not every person. https://t.co/t8wiB6LrP9

— RBe (@RBPundit) September 5, 2017

Four Pinocchios https://t.co/9vsZZ518WO

— Michael Garner (@MikeGarner9) September 5, 2017

That kinda defeats the entire mission of Planned Parenthood https://t.co/EHxjRFVeQa

— Brian Griffiths (@BrianGriffiths) September 5, 2017

Well, you actually don't support everybody's right to live or be "deported" unwillingly. https://t.co/30ZVqBLQRk

— Illini4Life (@Illini_in_KS) September 5, 2017

The Red State slammed Richards’ thoughtless comments. “Right to live? Tell that to the 300,000 unborn babies whose lives Planned Parenthood snuffs out every year,” Red State’s Brandon Morse asked. “Fear of deportation or separation? From the womb perhaps.”

Morse charged Richards with saying she believes “in every person’s right to control their own destiny” while “ignoring such right for people before birth.”

He pointed out that Planned Parenthood “has a long history of preying on minorities to sell abortions.” Nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthoods are within walking distance of black or hispanic neighborhoods.

He opined that Planned Parenthood’s only concern for young immigrants is to keep them here “so it can sell them abortions down the road.”

“Richards can freely say she values life as she takes it hundreds of times a day,” Morse concluded.

The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien joined in the turkey shoot, writing, “It’s ghoulish that Richards bemoans the deportation of illegal immigrants as a denial of their ‘right to live’ while championing the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of babies every year.”

Twitchy said Richards’ “right to live” declaration was “like PETA endorsing bacon!”

“Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country. Clearly they don’t believe that every person has the right to live,” Brian Anderson of Downtrend summarized. “They also don’t believe in every person’s right to control their own destiny since they take so many of them out without their permission.”

“Whenever there is a stabbing, bombing, or vehicle attack, liberals inappropriately use the occasion to promote gun control,” Anderson said. “Planned Parenthood is operating under the same principal here by trying to make the DACA repeal all about abortion.”

Individuals also commented on the irony of Richards’ statement. NotMyBrothersKeeper2 posted, “So lemme get this straight... The Head Ghoul of Planned Infanticide refers to something OTHER than baby-murdering ‘cruel and unacceptable’???”

Nicholas Virzi, noting Richards’ claim of concern for illegal immigrants, responded, “Your organization deports babies from the womb to the tomb.”

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