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A compassion lecture from Cecile Richards turns hypocrisy into an art form

Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is either the least self-aware person on the planet, or she’s got a really sick sense of humor. Those are the only possible explanations for the following tweet she made over the weekend:

A lecture from the CEO of Planned Parenthood on compassion and safety from those in need is really too much.

To hear Richards tell it, restricting or regulating abortion and defunding her organization is “turning our backs on” America’s women.

So the people in need Richards was invoking are neither well cared for in Planned Parenthood’s hands nor abandoned by the pro-lifers she denounces. But that hypocrisy pales in comparison to playing this card when you run an organization that exists for the express purpose of actually exterminating “people in need of compassion and safety.”

No, Ms. Richards, exterminating them before they’re born doesn’t mean they don’t count. Most people instinctively understand, as Live Action’s Susan Michelle said the other day, we consistently call preborn babies “babies” in every other context, and “the ‘baby bump’ holds an actual, living baby, one that can even be cut from the womb and survive”—so what entitles your business to a special exemption from what everybody knows deep down?

Nor can you even claim those are the only babies you let suffer. When legislation came before Congress in September to require abortionists to provide basic medical care to newborns who survive attempted abortions, your organization denounced it as an attempt “to block safe, legal abortion.” When the time came to live up to your posturing and show some of that compassion and safety to just a few of the children involuntarily brought into your doors, you chose to turn your back.

Among the many shocked and disgusted reactions to Richards’s comment collected by Twitchy, a few understandably commented simply, “I have no words.”

But there is a word.

Evil.

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