Planned Parenthood Solicits Donations for its ‘Lifesaving Health Services’

Penny Starr | December 13, 2012 | 6:13pm EST
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President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. (AP)

( – In an email distributed on Thursday, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s President Cecile Richards asked supporters for donations to help the nation’s largest abortion provider continue its “lifesaving health services.”

“Thanks to your support, we've made incredible strides for women's health this year,” the letter states. “Millions of women will have access to birth control coverage with no co-pays.”

“Planned Parenthood health centers are reaching more women than ever before with lifesaving health services,” the letter states.

As reported by, in its latest available annual report for fiscal year July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, the organization received “government health services grants and reimbursements” totaling $487.4 million.

In addition, according to Planned Parenthood’s “Services” fact sheet, its clinics performed 329,445 abortions in 2010.

Planned Parenthood’s Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service for tax year July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, shows the Cecile Richards’ salary, benefits and compensation totaled $420,153. (Planned Parenthood 990.pdf )

The fundraising letter, with a subject line of “when she walks through the door,” credits supporters for Planned Parenthood’s success and opponents as the reason why donations are needed.

Human baby in the womb. (AP Photo)

“When our opponents try to undermine women's health and rights, it's this young woman who is under attack,” the letter states. “When politicians try to strip Planned Parenthood health centers of crucial funding, it's comprehensive health care they are targeting.”

“And when lawmakers try to force their narrow ideology on the rest of us, I know that women, men, and young people nationwide are counting on us to fight back,” the letter states.

The word “lifesaving” is used twice in the letter, the second time in the same paragraph as “opponents.”

“But you know as well as I do that our opponents will continue their relentless attacks in the coming months” the letter states. “After what we've been through together, though, I have never felt more determined to build on our progress — and do even more to ensure access to lifesaving health services and affordable contraceptive care every day, no matter what.”

The letter ends with the seventh link to the contribution form in the 10-paragraph pitch.

“Together, we can continue to ensure that the millions of people who rely on Planned Parenthood can get the health care they need,” the letter states. “Together, we can shut down dangerous attacks on women's health, in statehouses across the country and on Capitol Hill.”

“We can take this movement we've built together, and make it bigger, and stronger,” the letter states. “But we can't do any of this without you.”

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