(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards announced Friday she is taking a break from running the nation’s largest abortion provider to volunteer full-time for the re-election of President Barack Obama, because, “Our daughters’ and our granddaughters’ future depends on it.”
“I’ve taken a break from my day job in order to volunteer full-time to reelect President Barack Obama,” Richards said in a one-minute 45-second video posted on the Obama campaign website.
Richards praised Obama for the new health care law, for the law extending the statute of limitation for gender discrimination lawsuits and accused Republican nominee Mitt Romney of seeking to take women back 40 years.
“Since day one, President Obama has stood with women. The very first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, allowing us to make sure that women get equal pay to men. Under the Affordable Care Act, he’s expanded health care coverage to millions of American women.”
“Of course Mitt Romney – on the other hand – is threatening not just to take us back four years but to take us back 40 years,” Richards continued. “He said he’ll do everything he can do overturn Roe vs. Wade and of course, he said that he’s going to get rid of Planned Parenthood, an organization that serves 3 million patients every single year with affordable health care.”
Romney has said he opposed federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The Democratic National Committee ran ads earlier this year stressing that he wanted to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood based on a widely reported statement he made in March.
“The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?” Romney said of his budget priorities. “And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that's the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I'd eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
The Romney campaign responded by referring to a National Review op-ed by Romney on June 18, 2011.
“I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” Romney wrote. “I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.”
In the video Friday, Richards continued with her warnings about Romney and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
“What Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney want to do is take women back,” Richards said. “What President Obama is doing is promising to take women forward. That’s why this election is so important. So, I want to thank you for everything you are doing to reelect the president. And I want to ask you to commit even more.
“If you want to help here in Florida, you can go to www.barackobama.com and sign up for a shift. We need folks to phone bank. We need folks to door knock and of course make sure on election day we get everyone out to the polls. Our daughters and our granddaughters' future depend on it,” she added.
If there is a war on women, said Lila Rose, founder of the pro-life group Live Action, it’s taking place in Planned Parenthood clinics.
“At a taxpayer funded salary of almost $400,000 a year, Ms. Richards may be able to afford to take a few weeks off to help, but the President has embraced a partner whose radical abortion-first agenda repeatedly puts the health and well-being of women and young girls at risk,” Rose said in a statement.
In fiscal year 2010, the Internal Revenue Service shows that Planned Parenthood got $487.4 million from federal and state governments, up from $363.2 million the previous year, making up about one-third of the organization’s $1 billion budget.
With this much money under the control of one nonprofit, members of Congress, state legislators, law enforcement authorities, and some members of the media are beginning to scrutinize Planned Parenthood operations more carefully. They are disturbed by the findings they’re collecting.
State government audits in California, New York, Texas and Washington State have uncovered evidence of massive fraud in Planned Parenthood’s submission of false or ineligible claims for Medicaid payment.
Meanwhile, the House Energy and Commerce House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has been investigating whether the organization has violated the federal Hyde Act that prohibits federal money from going directly to pay for abortions.
“Thanks to nearly $500 million a year in taxpayer subsidies, Planned Parenthood performs over 320,000 taxpayer funded abortions a year, making the group the abortion industry's top abortion provider nationwide,” Rose said.
“President Obama is the most pro-abortion president in history and he is Planned Parenthood's President, but one has to wonder why the President is turning a blind eye to the dangerous, illegal, unethical and fraudulent practices engaged by the organization and its threat to women and young girls,” she added.