I have a say, I have a vote

And I will speak for unborn children, whose voices Planned Parenthood silences.

With Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards speaking at the Democratic National Convention last month, the Democratic Party has made clear that the pro-life voice is not welcome at the table. This time last year, Hillary Clinton likened us to domestic terrorists (CNN report or The Federalist or LifeSite News).

All of which makes the following videos from 2012 more relevant than ever.

Videos of the Day / Men Have a Say

Father John Hollowell Has a Say

Men have a say. And when men speak up and stand up fight for and protect women and children, women listen. On the other hand, women who degrade and want to eradicate men from the conversation are divisive, and simply wrong. Keep up with Father John Hollowell at On This Rock.

Cecile Richards Does Not Speak for Me

Before a baby dies, a heart must die. Before a heart dies, it must close. A heart that is unable to make a total gift of self is not open to life and the fruit of sexual expression, and so the mind attached to that heart seeks a solution, for how to not make a total gift of self, and the answer is birth control. Birth control and abortion are intricately linked and simply different parts of the journey in the culture of death.

Quotes of the Day / Join the Culture of Life

22. There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. These are called “intrinsically evil” actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia. In our nation, “abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others” (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5). It is a mistake with grave moral consequences to treat the destruction of innocent human life merely as a matter of individual choice. A legal system that violates the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed.

31.     We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin.  We call on them to reflect on the grave contradiction of assuming public roles and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching.  No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life.  …

32.     The Gospel of Life must be proclaimed, and human life defended, in all places and all times.  The arena for moral responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting booth as well.   Laws that permit abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are profoundly unjust, and we should work peacefully and tirelessly to oppose and change them.  Because they are unjust they cannot bind citizens in conscience, be supported, acquiesced in, or recognized as valid.  Our nation cannot countenance the continued existence in our society of such fundamental violations of human rights.

34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who favors a policy promoting an intrinsically evil act, such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, deliberately subjecting workers or the poor to subhuman living conditions, redefining marriage in ways that violate its essential meaning, or racist behavior, if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases, a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB)

Your Life Matters

Your voice matters. Your vote matters.

 

Speak up for privacy and safety rights

Bathroom Privacy and Safety for Everyone

The United We Stand… for safety, security, and privacy campaign was created by one mom as a way to rally the many voices opposed to the Obama administration’s bathroom policy, which creates a new “right” for a select group of people to choose which bathroom to use based on a personal, self-constructed gender identity. People who do not agree with President Obama’s bathroom policy were asked to call the White House Comment line and respectfully disagree.

The campaign was held July 12, but it’s not too late to participate.

I disagree with Obama’s bathroom policy, which is driven not by justice but rather by gender-identity ideology/theory. The Obama administration has created confusion around an issue that has always been clear: biological males use the men’s room, and biological females use the women’s room. Sexual orientation is irrelevant. The clothes you choose to wear and how you want to externally present yourself are irrelevant. The result of this confusion is decreased safety for women and children and a lot of (expensive and unnecessary) litigation.

Title IX’s implementing regulations permit a school to provide sex-segregated restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, housing, and athletic teams, as well as single-sex classes under certain circumstances. When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity. — DOJ/DOE Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

Following the lead of the Obama administration, local governments have started to change laws around the use of public restrooms and locker rooms. If the Charlotte City Council had not passed an ordinance to eliminate separate bathrooms for men and women in public spaces, the state of North Carolina would not have needed to pass House Bill 2, which simply put in writing what we have taken for granted and understood all these years (biological males use the men’s room and biological females use the women’s room). And now nearly half of the United States are suing the Obama administration over the bathroom free-for-all, which is what happens when we abandon common sense and reality.

That someone’s self-perception or conscious identity is at odds with their biological reality does not give them the right to choose which bathroom to use. Yes, we all need to be sensitive to the difficulties and challenges that transgender people face. Allowing people to choose whichever bathroom they want based on “gender identity” or “gender expression,” however, will not make using the bathroom safer for anyone. It will make using restrooms and locker rooms less safe for women and girls. Not because transgendered people are perverts or to be feared, but rather, through ambiguity around who may use which restroom or locker room — ambiguity that predators will exploit.

Our culture has this notion that all discrimination is inherently unjust, which is not true. Discrimination can be just or unjust. To discriminate is a function of our intelligence, and we do it all day long. We have to differentiate between what is good and bad for us. (Do you have a vegan in your family who loves to meat-shame you? Have we banned smokers from restaurants and offices? These are behaviors, and we have to determine, which behavior promotes my health and well-being and the common good of my family, community, and society.)

Question of the Day: When is discrimination just? When is discrimination unjust?

Men and women are fundamentally different (by design and on purpose). Bathrooms and locker rooms are and have always been segregated by gender precisely because of our differences in biology (not the clothes we choose to wear or our self-perceptions and expressions of masculinity and femininity). To designate separate bathrooms for men and women is just discrimination; it promotes the common good, as well as privacy and safety of individuals. This type of sex segregation has been protected by law, which is why the Charlotte City Council had to rewrite its city code.

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What is unjust is to interfere with and risk the privacy of persons of the opposite sex who deserve a safe space to take care of bodily needs, such as going to the bathroom, taking a shower, or changing clothes. While efforts need to be made to create a safe place for transgender people, we must be mindful of unintended consequences that result in making all women and children less safe.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center says that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime (compared to 1 in 71 men) and that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. We also know that rape and sexual assault are underreported crimes. The last thing women and girls need are vague, broad, and ambiguous policies and laws that allow biological men to use their restrooms and locker rooms.

There was already too much of this:

All citizens should oppose unjust discrimination, but sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws are not the way to achieve that goal. SOGI laws are neither necessary nor cost-free. They threaten fundamental First Amendment rights. They create new, subjective protected classes that will expose citizens to unwarranted liability. Furthermore, SOGI laws would increase government interference in labor, housing, and commercial markets in ways that could harm the economy. Yet SOGI’s damage is not only economic: It would further weaken the marriage culture and the freedom of citizens and their associations to affirm their religious or moral convictions, such as that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that maleness and femaleness are not arbitrary constructs but objective ways of being human. SOGI laws would treat expressing these widely held beliefs in certain contexts as unlawful discrimination.

— Ryan Anderson, SOGI Laws Threaten Freedom

Consider/Discuss the Issue (skip the ad hominem attack)

From Policy to Real Life

2016 Novena for Life Day 1: abortion

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Today is the first day of the novena for a culture of life. Together we pray for the conversion of all hearts and the end to abortion. You can participate through prayer, penance, and pilgrimage.

Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life even in its temporal phase. Life in time, in fact, is the fundamental condition, the initial stage and an integral part of the entire unified process of human existence. It is a process which, unexpectedly and undeservedly, is enlightened by the promise and renewed by the gift of divine life, which will reach its full realization in eternity (cf. 1Jn 3:1-2). At the same time, it is precisely this supernatural calling which highlights the relative character of each individual’s earthly life. After all, life on earth is not an “ultimate” but a “penultimate” reality; even so, it remains a sacred reality entrusted to us, to be preserved with a sense of responsibility and brought to perfection in love and in the gift of ourselves to God and to our brothers and sisters.

— Pope Saint John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, Introduction, 2 (1995)

Get Daily Updates During the Novena

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Had an abortion? Forgiveness, healing, and hope are waiting for you.

 

Respect Life Sunday

Questions of the Day

Do you believe in the sanctity of human life? If you found out someone wanted to commit suicide, would you try to stop him or her? If you found out someone was plotting to kill others, would you do something about it? Will you join the pro-life movement in public witness to the sanctity of human life, which begins at conception in the womb?

On Saturday, August 22, nearly 80,000 people protested at 342 Planned Parenthood facilities around the country (and in a few foreign countries as well). It’s time to do it again, because some demons can be cast out only through prayer and fasting.

Event Details

What:  Protest government-sanctioned killing of unborn children

National Organizer:  protestpp.com

When:  Saturday, October 10, 2015,  from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with some locations praying the rosary at noon

Where:  More than 250 Planned Parenthood facilities around the United States — find a location near you

Every Life is Worth Living

Prayer Intentions from Priests for Life

If you are unable to come out in person, you can always pray wherever you are.

Learn About the Pro-Life Movement

More than 60 pro-life organizations co-sponsored the ProtestPP.com event. Following are just a few that provide opportunities for you to get more involved with the Pro-Life Generation:

Resources for Respect Life Month

Does Planned Parenthood Need Taxpayer Funds? – Part 4

The fact is Roe v Wade took away the unborn child’s inalienable right to life endowed by our Creator. This same Creator gave us free will, so we all already have and abundance of “choice.” We are free to seek and find God, as God has promised that those who seek will find (Matthew 7:7–8). Through our inherent freedom, we can worship idols instead of our loving God. For Christians, abortion is government-sanctioned murder. Abortion is a violation of the fifth commandment, so America has enacted laws that promote grievous sin. I hear so many people say I’m not for abortion, but I could never tell someone else what to do.

  • Do we love people enough to point them to the path of eternal life?

If you raised children, did you love your own children enough to establish boundaries for them until they matured? Did you keep your children away from the stairs before they learned to walk? Did you keep knives out of reach? Did you establish safe areas of play? So God has done for us with his commandments.

  • Will Americans find the courage to move beyond the PR story and look at the abortion industry they created?

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!” — Jesus, Matthew 18:6–7

A Continuation of the Questions of the (yester) Day
with a few excerpts from Cecile Richards’ responses

Does Planned Parenthood receive any federal funding for its tissue donation program? – Rep. William Clay, D-MO

  • No, not that I’m aware of.

Do Planned Parenthood physicians alter the timing, method, or procedure of abortion solely for the purpose of obtaining fetal tissue for research in violation of federal law? – Rep. William Clay, D-MO

  • Federal law does not apply. Our own standards and guidelines go above what is required. I have spoken to our chief medical officer. She knows of know instance…

How much total revenue collected or reimbursed for PP and its affiliates comes from abortion services? — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

  • CR:  I believe we’ve provided all of our financial information. I don’t have that number.
  • SR, R-OK:  Do you have a ball park?
  • CR:  No, I don’t. But again. We’ve provided. There’s some back and forth information. I verified it on the break. …

If we were to extrapolate from the PP Web site of the average cost of an abortion or an abortion pill, it would be at $1,500 for the service of abortion or $800 for the pill. If you multiply that by 327,000, that would come somewhere between 40 percent or 22 percent of a figure. Regardless, it’s 491 million down to 261 million just from the ball park figures we see on PP’s Web site. — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

  • I’m sorry to interrupt. That’s not accurate. But in any case.

Would you be willing to provide us what the accurate figure is and when could you provide that? — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

  • What is inaccurate was what you reported in terms of the cost of an abortion. Obviously it varies state to state, but I think your number is high.

We would await the accurate figure, and when would you provide those to us? — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

  • I’ve said to the chair, and we have been abundantly cooperative to this committee. We’ve provided thousands and thousands of pages of documents, and I’m happy to work with the committee and the staff and with my team to provide other information that you need.

Absent federal funding, what effect specifically would it have on the organization’s ability to provide abortion services? — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

  • CR:  Could you restate your question? … I hope I’m answering your question correctly. No money, no federal dollars or other hospitals or other health care providers go
  • SR, R-OK:  So it would have no impact, is that your answer?
  • CR:  No impact on what?
  • SR, R-OK:  On abortion services.
  • CR:  If we were not reimbursed for family planning, for preventive care.
  • SR, R-OK:  No, I’m asking what specific impact it would have on abortion services.
  • CR:  I can’t think of a specific impact.

Can federal funds be used for abortion equipment? — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

  • CR:  Federal funds can only be used for abortion services in very specific instances.
  • SR, R-OK:  On the equipment, on the salaries, cleaning services, rent and maintenance of facilities, what about that? — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK
  • CR:  This is actually done through the states. We could look at specifics on that. It’s the federal government making those decisions.

For the record Mr. Chairman, we have heard testimony today that 2.7 million received services in the last reported year. That number is actually over 3 million when you add the 327,000 aborted children to that figure. For the record, 2.7 million received services and 327,000 received a legal termination with no right to choose life. Three of my five children are adopted. It is my firm belief and the financial evidence substantiates that Planned Parenthood does not need taxpayer funding to survive.

We can carve up a child and call it a choice. We can destroy human life and call it health care. We can make the killing of children legal and pretend it is beneficial. We can cover acts of barbarity with the veneer of civility. But we cannot escape our accountability before the Creator of life. — Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK

The Obama administration reports that there are over 13,000 publicly-supported alternative health care centers in the United States. Have you seen that? — Rep. Buddy Carter, R-GA

  • I haven’t seen that.

Does Planned Parenthood have to have a $100 million endowment, $70 million dollar Manhattan condos — they (the 13,000 FQHCs) don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on Grammy-winning performers at their galas — to provide health care to women? It’s yes or no, that’s all it is.— Rep. Buddy Carter, R-GA

  • With all respect, that wasn’t really a question.

Is there anywhere in the country that you know of in which Planned Parenthood offers services in which there are no other providers that take Medicaid dollars — Rep. Glenn Frothman, R-WI

  • It’s beyond what I know. I can’t really respond to that.

Where does Planned Parenthood Action get its funding? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • Private donations. We have 8 million supporters in this country, and a number of donors from all over.

Is there any money from Planned Parenthood that goes to Planned Parenthood Action? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • The PPAF does advocacy and electoral work.

You also have a PAC, is that correct? What did it spend in 2014? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • I can get that for you.

Where does the PAC get its money? Are you compensated by the PAC? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • I don’t believe I have ever been compensated. …we follow all the laws.

Do you have any managerial responsibility? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • Sure.

How many of these America Votes grassroots organizations collaborate with or have been incorporated with Planned Parenthood’s political operation? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • I don’t know.

Do you direct political contributions to candidates? — Rep. Gary Palmer, R-AL

  • The PAC committee votes on it.

Do you understand how some of us at a base level disagree with you on the origin of life? — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC

  • I fully respect … and understand people have different feelings about whether abortion should be legal in the country.

Do you understand how some of us may support a ban on partial-birth abortion? — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC

  • I’m not trying to be argumentative, but that was a political formulation, not a medical formulation. …It was passed. It is the law of the land. … I also understand that people sometimes change over time, and that’s the human condition.

Are you suggesting those who hold a contrary view to you need to change? Is that why you added that line, Ms. Richards? — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC

  • No. Just candidly in my 10 years at Planned Parenthood, I’ve seen, I’ve experienced myself, people who have picketed outside of our health center and then found themselves in need of our services.

How about opposing abortions on the basis of gender or race? — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC

  • I appreciate people have a lot of different views on abortion. Fundamentally at Planned Parenthood, we trust women to make decisions about their pregnancies.

Name me some Republicans in Congress you support. — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC

  • …I’m happy to provide that to you later. We would like to support more Republicans for Congress.

Do you have any accounting in your background? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • I have taken accounting courses as part of my… fortunately my board is very kind in offering me those courses.

Do you profit or make money on abortion services? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • I run the national office. We do not provide abortion services. …

Do your affiliates profit or make money on abortion services? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • No clear answer.

What if someone can’t pay for the abortion? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • We try to raise money to help supplement the cost of abortion.

Does Planned Parenthood make a profit on reimbursement for Medicaid services? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • We don’t make a profit on anything.

Are you saying today with 100 percent surety that not one dime of taxpayer money is used to provide abortions? Yes or no? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • The federal law allows for…

What about the profits made from those federal dollars? — Rep. Rod Blum, R-IA

  • I don’t believe there are any profits from Medicaid services in this country.

So you define abortion as health care? — Rep. Diane Black, R-TN

  • Yes. It absolutely is part of women’s health care, and I think women would agree.

 I’m a nurse, and if you look at medicine, abortion is not considered health care. — Rep. Diane Black, R-TN

Since the videos have surfaced, has anyone from CMS or HHS contacted you, your board members, or any of your staff? — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH

  • I don’t know.

Has the attorney general of the United States, Loretta Lynch, contacted you, your board members, or any of your staff? — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH

  • I don’t know.

Has the Justice Department contacted you, your board members, or any of your staff? — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH

  • I don’t know.

Since the videos have surfaced have you had any conversations with the president of the United States?

  • No I have not.

Since the videos have surfaced had you been to the White House?

  • No I have not.

How many times have you been to the White House since Mr. Obama’s been president?

  • I would have to get back to you on that.
  • Our count shows that you, your board members, and senior staff have been to the White House 151 times in six and a half years.

Are any federal funds being used in relation to what we have described here today as the tissue transfer program? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • I do not believe so.

Since that is other than an unmitigated no, I am going to ask some follow-up questions. Have you done any investigation to find out if federal funds have been used in that program? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • I don’t believe they have been, so there hasn’t been any need for investigation into that.
  • He asks again.

Is it possible that federal money is being used for that program? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • I don’t believe so.
  • But that is not based on an investigation, is it?

Cecile Richards’ congressional testimony generates more questions while providing few answers…where will it go from here?

Does Planned Parenthood Need Taxpayer Funds? – Part 3

It seems that the $60 million of taxpayer funding in question comes out of some sort of “discretionary fund.” I still have to learn more about how Planned Parenthood acquires that money. As I listen to Cecile Richards respond to questions I wonder how she came to be this person testifying before Congress and if her responses are simply the strategy her lawyer gave her (limit the narrative and direct the representatives to documentation already provided, so you don’t have to give a real answer). Ms. Richards isn’t simply glued to the Planned Parenthood PR story, she embodies it.

A Continuation of the Questions of the (yester) Day
with a few excerpts from Cecile Richards’ responses

You say that abortion services is 3 percent of your total services, but yet you can’t say or give this committee the total amount of money that you make or receive for abortions, is that correct? — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

  • It’s because the national office does not provide health care services — 59 affiliates provide.

But your affiliates gather that information, so you would have access to it? — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

  • Cecile Richards deflects.

(Referring to a tax return of an affiliate) Could you read line 2 for me? The dollar amount next to pregnancy termination is how much? — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

  • Pregnancy termination. I’ve never seen this before, and I’m simply reading what you are asking me to read. 1,424.275 (total revenue column)

Wouldn’t you have tax returns for all your affiliates where we could get this information? — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

Here is my concern: if you take that number and divide it into the total revenue, that indicates revenues of almost 28 percent for abortions. — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

  • Cecile Richards:  I think you are mixing services with revenue.

Wouldn’t you think that the 3 percent is misleading?

  • Instead of answering the question, Cecile Richards deflects to her PR narrative and says “I would say we are the most highly regulated organization in this country.”

Will you provide this same kind of documentation for all your affiliates to this committee? — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

Are you saying you don’t keep track of it? — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC

  • I don’t know what “it” is.

Meadows clarified that he wants to know revenues from abortions for all affiliates.

Ms. Richards, if a child survives an abortion attempt, should it be given nourishment and medical care? — Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL

  • I’ve never heard of such a circumstance happening?

Really? — Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL

  • Yes. …At Planned Parenthood we don’t provide abortions after viability. …I want to be responsible for what we do.

Have you watched all the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress? — Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL

  • I haven’t watched all the videos, but I have read through all the written transcripts.

Referring to Holly O’Donnell’s description of harvesting a baby’ brain, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL asked if Ms. Richards can categorically testify that nothing like that has ever happened at Planned Parenthood?

  • That woman does not work for Planned Parenthood. …I am not responsible for her.

Do you admit that Planned Parenthood or its affiliates harvests and sells fetal body parts for profit? — Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL

  • We have a very clear policy on fetal tissue donation. It is done with the full consent of the patients.

Referring the video of Dr Gatter negotiating: if there is no profit, why would you be negotiating over how much the parts are going to be sold for.

  • With respect, I completely disagree with your characterization of that, and that is why I read all of the transcripts.

Do you deny that Planned Parenthood and/or its affiliates will alter abortion procedures in order to better harvest fetal body parts? — Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL

  • We have a very clear policy, which I am happy to read to you.

Since the release of the videos, have you or the PPF issued any updated guidance to the companies to whom you provide fetal tissue regarding the sale of fetal body parts for profit and/or the manipulation of abortion procedures? — Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL

  • There is no way to answer that because I disagree with your formulation.

Have you issued any new guidance in the last three months?

  • No.

According to NY Health Dept statistics, there are more African American babies that are aborted than are born alive. Are you aware of that statistic? — Rep. Mark Warlker, R-NC

  • I am not aware of that statistic.

If that is correct, would that concern you? — Rep. Mark Warlker, R-NC

  • Cecile Richards deflects the questioning and talks about lack of access to health care.

Regarding the $32 million sent overseas, Does Planned Parenthood send any funds to the Democratic Republic of Congo? — Rep. Mark Warlker, R-NC

  • I would have to get back to you on that.

Walker added that we have laws that prohibit us from sending money to places where we have sanctions on.

Of the $500 million of the taxpayer dollars that goes to your organization, how much of that is set aside to go to counseling for women still struggling with that issue. — Rep. Mark Warlker, R-NC

  • This is hard to explain…reimbursements… I would love if we would fund comprehensive counseling services for women. We do counseling every day.

If there is proven to be criminal activity through an investigation, would you have any problem redirecting the $500 million or the $60 million (20 percent which is not Medicaid) to other women’s health care organizations that offer genuine health care? — Rep. Mark Walker, R-NC

  • I am not going to answer to a hypothetical. And again, we follow all the laws.

Which is more important to you, Ms. Richards, providing actual women’s health services or lobbying? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • I think these two things go hand in hand.

You spent $21 million on lobbying last year and zero dollars on mammograms, why is that? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • We’ve discussed mammograms repeatedly and how that works.

You said earlier that you don’t make money, any profit off of federal funds. Is that correct?

  • Cecile Richards talks about the national office and a clinical trial.

Is it your testimony that none of those (affiliates) make any profits off of federal funds? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • There all reimbursed for services they provide. …We are nonprofit. We don’t make money.

You don’t make money but you had revenues of $127 million in excess of your expenses last year. Where does that money go? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • Like any organization of our size and scale, a lot of our resources are in what is a board-designated endowment or reserve. ..I hope they are in the bank and not laying around. …expanding health care services and building new clinics.

One of the proposals here is to defund Planned Parenthood. If we took $60 million away from you, you could still perform every single service that you gave last year, can’t you? — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC

  • I can’t say that.

Is Medicaid a sub-standard insurance? — Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA

  • No.

How many PP clinics have closed over the last 10 years? — Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA

  • Many of our Planned Parenthood centers have merged to be more efficient.

(There has been over 100.)

Why is it on the taxpayers hook to provide for your investments in expansion when you are declining your services and clinics are closing?

  • The federal government isn’t investing in our expansion. …None of that is federal dollars.
  • I’m not holding the taxpayers responsible for our expansion.

But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

Mother Teresa, National Prayer Breakfast, February 1994