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Unimaginably PPFA’s Cecile Richards given “human rights award”

by | May 18, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Last Wednesday the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosted its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner, “honoring inspiring change agents leading the defining movements of the 21st century.” Among the “inspiring change agents” was former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

This is a bitter bill for any pro-lifer–giving a “human rights award” to a woman who presided over an organization that took the lives or more than 3.5 million unborn babies while she was president. It is even harder for those of us from Minnesota where Mr. Humphrey was first mayor of Minneapolis, then senator from Minnesota from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978, and in-between those two stints vice president under Lyndon Johnson. Even my apolitical father admired Humphrey.

“HHH,” as he was known, is famous to pro-lifers for once stating “The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

So how did the Leadership Conference describe Richards? For starters as “a nationally respected leader in women’s health and reproductive rights.”

“Planned Parenthood has worked for more than 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women, men, and young people. She has grown advocacy efforts to fight for expanded access to health care, and has led innumerable nationwide campaigns to preserve patients’ access to preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers through federal programs.”

Not a safer world for millions of unborn girls and boys, we can say with assurance.

During her acceptance speech, Richards quoted civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who said in July 10, 1971, speech, “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” Ironies abound.

As Ryan Scott Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation, explains Hamer “was a prolife feminist who spoke with passion born of a life of hardships.”

Ethyl Payne, a journalist for the Afro American, described Hamer as a “passionate believer in the right to life” in a March 1980 column. Payne reported that the freedom fighter “spoke out strongly against abortion as a means of genocide of blacks.”

In a terrific column, James Fite says it all with this conclusion:

Mrs. Hamer spoke the words “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” in reference to racial equality. And she suffered greatly for that belief. She was beaten. She had her ability to mother children stolen from her. Fifty-seven years after that horrible act, the president of an organization that supported such “medical procedures” – which just so happens to be the nation’s largest abortion provider today – defiled those words. Cecile Richards has long advocated the imagined right of a woman to kill her unborn child as a matter of convenience, but she must know that’s a “freedom” that would have Fannie Lou Hamer rolling over in her grave.

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