Planned Parenthood’s post-election plea: Help us ‘fight … for our lives’

CEO Cecile Richards fears the Trump administration could cut off funding and even 'outlaw abortion.'
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Pete Baklinski By Pete Baklinski

Pete Baklinski By Pete Baklinski

WASHINGTON D.C., November 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Planned Parenthood is begging supporters to pledge to “fight … for our lives” after Donald Trump won the election last week while promising to defund the abortion giant and appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told supporters in an email last Friday that Trump “could send our country back decades, undoing so much of the progress we've made,” including to “outlaw abortion.”

“Their wish list is long, and every item on it is devastating: Repealing the Affordable Care Act, filling Supreme Court seats with justices who've vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade, taking rights and protections away from women, LGBTQ folks, people of faith, and people of color,” she wrote.

Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report revealed that during the 2014-2015 fiscal year it performed 323,999 abortions and received $553.7 million from U.S. taxpayers. The organization received what critics say could be its death blow last year after a series of undercover videos allegedly revealed the abortion provider trafficking aborted baby body parts.

Richards asked supporters to sign a pledge directed toward Republican lawmakers under a forthcoming Trump presidency to tell them that Planned Parenthood and its supporters are ready to fight.

“We are bigger and stronger and more powerful and more committed than you know. We won't shrink or hide away. We're standing strong — ready to fight. For our lives. For our health. For our rights.”

Richards said Clinton winning the popular vote (she received about 630,000 more votes than Trump) gives abortion supporters a mandate to fight because “we represent the true strength and power and future of this country.”

“The majority of voters chose Hillary Clinton and her vision for an inclusive, progressive, respectful America. Most Americans support access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion.”

A Marist poll last year found that while 60 percent of Americans say abortion is immoral, 81 percent would support dramatically stronger pro-life reforms, including restricting abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy.

Pro-lifers across the country saw Hillary Clinton’s defeat last week as America’s rejection of Planned Parenthood and its abortion mandate. Clinton had tied her campaign to defending the abortion organization, promising to stand with it and fund it. Google Trends revealed on election day that “abortion” was the top search word regarding Hillary's Clinton’s campaign.

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