Planned Parenthood: Executive Order A “Symbolic Gesture”

It is always best to admit when an enemy is right, and Planned Parenthood, in hailing the passage of ObamaCare as a great victory and the figleaf executive order given to Stupak by Obama as meaningless, is right.

Planned Parenthood called the pro-abortion health care bill the House approved late Sunday night a victory and applauded the financial windfall it expected to reap as a result. The abortion business also dismissed the executive order President Barack Obama promised Congressman Bart Stupak as harmless.

“For more than a year, Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly for a health care” bill, its president Cecile Richards said in a statement today. “It’s a huge victory for women’s health, but our work isn’t over yet.”

With passage of the legislation, “monumental progress was made toward achieving these goals.”

Richard dismissed the executive order, which has been slammed by pro-life groups, as a “a symbolic gesture … to anti-choice Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI), which has diverted attention from the central goal.”

“Planned Parenthood is also extremely pleased that members of the House listened to the millions of women and men who expressed their strong opposition to the Stupak abortion ban. Stopping the Stupak ban was a high priority,” she said. “It was a tough fight, but we salute Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D- CA), Congressman Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) , members of the House Pro-Choice Caucus.”

Despite Stupak’s contention that the executive order would implement his abortion funding ban, Richards says that’s not the case.

‘What the president’s executive order did not do is include the complete and total ban … that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon,” Richards said. “So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, it is critically important to note that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban.”

“Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to keep the Stupak abortion ban out of the final legislation and President Obama did not include the Stupak language in his Executive Order,” Richards admitted.

The full statement of Cecile Richards, President of Worse Than Murder, Inc, aka Planned Parenthood is here.  I can certainly understand why Planned Parenthood is hailing this as a great victory.  Why certain Catholics on the Left are attempting to claim this as a pro-life victory I can only attribute to the human capacity for endless self deception.

8 Responses to Planned Parenthood: Executive Order A “Symbolic Gesture”

  1. James says:

    Bart Stupak meet Sir Richard Rich.

    Sir Richard Rich meet Representative Stupak.

    You two should have a lot to talk about.

  2. Jim says:

    Is it just me or does that look lie a cutout figure of Obama ? Of course either way they both have about the same amount of substance, so I guess it doesn’t matter.

  3. Spamb says:

    Cecile Richards, meet Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro Choice America, on March 21:

    “On a day when Americans are expected to see passage of legislation that will make health care more affordable for more than 30 million citizens, it is deeply disappointing that Bart Stupak and other anti-choice politicians would demand the restatement of the Hyde amendment, a discriminatory law that blocks low-income women from receiving full reproductive-health care. Today’s action is a stark reminder of why we must repeal this unfair and insulting policy. Achieving this goal means increasing the number of lawmakers in Congress who share our pro-choice values. Otherwise, we will continue to see women’s reproductive rights used as a bargaining chip.”

    I happen to trust Stupak when he says he got the best deal he could get.

  4. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Spamb you might wish to change your blog handle. Your comment went straight into our spam file! Stupak got nothing for his efforts. The Senate bill allows for public funding of abortions and the executive order does not contradict what is now a law. More to the point, an executive order will be thrown out in court if it contradicts a law, as an executive order is not a law. Stupak got bupkis and he knows it.

  5. S.pamb. says:

    lol. My comments usually belong in the spam file. My sense, with no proof whatsoever, is that Stupak genuinely believes the executive order benefits the pro-life position in some meaningful manner. I agree that the courts may weigh in on the matter at some point.

    FWIW, MSNBC explains the situation of federal funding differently (not that I trust them completely):

    The bill tries to maintain a strict separation between taxpayer funds and private premiums that would pay for abortion coverage. No health plan would be required to offer coverage for the procedure. In plans that do cover abortion, beneficiaries would have to pay for it separately, and those funds would have to be kept in a separate account from taxpayer money.

    Moreover, individual states would be able to prohibit abortion coverage in plans offered through a new purchasing exchange. Exceptions would be made for cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother.


    Obama’s executive order, the product of frenzied 11th-hour negotiations involving Stupak’s group and members of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, orders federal officials to develop guidelines to carry out the segregation of private and public funds. The order also sets out a mechanism aiming to ensure that community health centers cannot use federal funds for abortions, another concern for the Stupak group.

  6. Donna V. says:

    As a woman, my blood boils whenever I see abortion referred to as “women’s health.” That must win the blue ribbon for Orwellian doublespeak in our time.

  7. Rick says:

    That’s a nice picture of King George and Benedict Arnold.

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