(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said that as long as he is president, he will never stop fighting for Planned Parenthood, a business that got $487.4 million in tax dollars, according to its latest annual report, and did 329,455 abortions in 2010.
In a video message to Planned Parenthood Action Fund supporters, released this week, Obama praised Planned Parenthood and said he was “grateful” because, “through it all, you never forgot who you’re fighting for: the women with a new lease on life because a mammogram caught her cancer in time” and “the woman who’s able to choose when to start a family because she can afford contraception.”
“So when some professional politicians casually say that they’ll ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood, don’t forget what they’re really talking about: eliminating the funding for preventive care that millions of women rely on and leaving them to fend for themselves,” says Obama in the video. “That’s why last year, when Republicans in Congress threatened to shut down the government unless we stopped funding Planned Parenthood, I had a simple answer: No.”
“But we know this debate is far from over,” he says. “We must continue to send a message loud and clear: If you truly value families, you shouldn’t play politics with a woman’s health. That’s why I know that Planned Parenthood will continue providing care, no matter what.”
“I know you’ll never stop fighting to protect the health care and the choices that America’s women deserve,” says Obama. “As long as I have the privilege of being your president, neither will I. Thanks.”
When compared with previous annual reports, the latest one shows an almost steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics: In 2006, Planned Parenthood did 289,750 abortions; in 2007, it did 305,310; in 2009, it did 331,796; and, in 2010, it did 329,445--a small decrease from the previous year.
In its several Continuing Resolutions to keep the federal government operating, the Republican-controlled House leadership has kept funding for Planned Parenthood untouched, as well as funding for various Obamacare programs.
“Democrats have more conviction on funding Planned Parenthood than the body of Republicans have on shutting it off -- if it comes down to a government shut down,” King said. “From my standpoint, I say: Let’s have that fight. And if it becomes the confrontation that results in Harry Reid or the president shutting the government down over taxpayer funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood, let’s have that fight. Let’s see what the public says. I think they are going to side with those of us who decide on the side of innocent unborn babies.”
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund describes itself as the non-partisan “political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including legislative advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing to promote the Planned Parenthood mission.”