To listen to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on today’s Morning Joe, you’d think her organization was mainly about “health care” for women—not about being the nation’s largest abortion provider.
As you’ll see in the video clip, Richards manages to mention “health care” seven times in her interview with Mika Brzezinski. The word “abortion” only passes Richards’ lips twice. The first time, to insist that the federal government doesn’t pay for abortions [as if the federal funds PP receives aren’t fungible], and the second to claim that to reduce the abortion rate, more access to PP should be promoted.
Mika’s tone was cordial, but to her credit, she did ask a pointed question. When Richards framed the issue of PP’s federal funding being about women’s access to health care, Mika responded: “is that what it’s about? Are women right now in jeopardy of losing their health care? Is that a fair assessment of the situation? Or is Planned Parenthood in jeopardy of losing its funding?”Earlier in the interview, Mika had pointed out that “there are other health care providers for women. The question is funding and the choices to — who to give the funding to?”