Sitting in the auditorium watching Wednesday’s debate, it was clear to me that it was probably Donald Trump’s best. But there was someone else in the audience that I’m pretty confident couldn’t have been happier about Hillary Clinton’s performance: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Her organization certainly got its money’s worth off of the endorsement of the former First Lady when Hillary showed how passionate she can be about funding the group at the center of parts-for-profits scandal.
Seemingly more comfortable during this part of the debate than any other, Clinton fired back at Donald for daring to suggest that Planned Parenthood raise its own money — or, better yet, use the massive profits it makes from abortion to keep the grisly mills operating. “So many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood, which, of course, provides all kinds of cancer screenings and other benefits for women in our country.” In the audience, Richards was probably beaming just thinking about the ways her organization could cash in on a Clinton presidency.
While we believed there was a cozy relationship between Hillary and Planned Parenthood, some of the latest WikiLeaks emails from Clinton campaign Director John Podesta confirm what most of us suspected. Podesta and Richards exchanged emails where Richards acknowledged the undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed the selling of aborted baby body parts “hurt” her operation. Podesta, in another exchange, acknowledged she was “up to her [expletive] in alligators” but needed her to give him a quick call. No speculation is needed on how close a Clinton White House would be with Planned Parenthood. Clinton would ensure your tax dollars not only continue to flow to Planned Parenthood, but she and her party have promised to remove the restrictions on your tax dollars directly paying for elective abortions too.
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