The president of Planned Parenthood is scared of Halloween. Cecile Richards, who last week defended her $400,000 a year salary, apparently is using more of her time trying to keep Planned Parenthood on the federal rolls one way or another. Today I received this letter:
I've just learned that our opponents are continuing to flood the Department of Health and Human Services with comments opposing comprehensive reproductive health care for women. I know that we are capable of being louder and stronger, but with just a few days left, we urgently need your help.
First, read between the lines. What she’s saying is that we have been effective in making it known that true choice doesn’t mean we should have to pay for abortion coverage that is forced on us by nature of having any insurance company. Halloween is the deadline day as Richards writes, demanding her abortion proponent friends are louder than we are.
How many times do we have to say that abortion isn’t health care? Abortion is elective surgery, which actually costs less than most people’s annual deductibles anyway. I wish abortion were illegal. I’ve given my life to working and praying toward that end. However, it is legal, and it’s probably the cheapest surgery that exists. This baloney that we as a nation are denying poor women the right to “basic health” care has more by-products than Oscar Meyer wieners and bologna combined (with apologies to Oscar). The bottom line is that if HHS makes abortion coverage a mandate, you and I will continue to pay for higher premiums to offset this cost to insurance companies.
Below is the text of some of her letter, sent to Planned Parenthood supporters today. My responses are in bold.