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Seattle Times paints Planned Parenthood president as misunderstood hero

The woman who makes over half a million dollars a year profiting from killing preborn babies has charmed a Seattle newspaper, which, in a recent feature article in the Seattle Times, takes up for her like she’s a misunderstood hero.

The paper aims to tell the story of the abortion profiteer as if she’s overcome every obstacle that life could unfairly throw at her, like she’s David meeting Goliath. The story says (bias emphasized):

Richards, 58, has been at Planned Parenthood for a decade now, but much of America didn’t know her until last September, when she underwent five hours of often contentious exchanges with members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Richards remained calm while she was interrupted, condescended to, challenged about her salary, questioned about Planned Parenthood’s services (family planning, cancer screenings, preventive care and, yes, abortions, which make up 5 percent of its work) and asked whether the government pays for abortions (yes, in the case of rape or incest).

After five hours, Richards left the room unscathed, yet exhausted and saddened that the issues of women’s health, and choice, are still not their own.

“As if we don’t have the competency or the fortitude to make important life decisions, like about pregnancy,” she said. “That’s what we do every single day.

“The total lack of empathy, I thought, was most profound.”

‘Poor Richards,’ the paper laments, reinforcing Richards’ pouting that no one understands her Very Important Mission. And she reminds people that she is not just the leader of that abortion mission, but she is one who has been there:

After the third child, Richards became pregnant again and had an abortion, a decision she first shared in a 2014 essay in Elle magazine.

“It was the right decision for me and my husband,” she wrote, “and it wasn’t a difficult decision … But I’m here to say, when politicians argue and shout about abortion, they’re talking about me — and millions of other women around the country.”

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Yes, they are talking about Richards, the woman who didn’t want her fourth child so she, without any difficulty, had the baby killed instead of giving another family a chance to raise her child. This is the woman at the helm of Abortion Central, the one the Seattle Times openly welcomed to the state:

Richards was happy to visit Washington state, where Planned Parenthood has 35 health centers that treat more than 100,000 women and men annually.

“Washington state is really on the cutting edge of so many things that we’re trying to do in terms of improving access to health care and reproductive rights,” she said. “I spend a lot of time in states that are really struggling and where folks are putting politics in front of access to care.”

In that sense, she said, Washington state is “the tip of the spear. You’re where the country’s going.”

And the paper wants to be sure readers understand the stakes–as told to them by Richards:

Richards called the coming election a point of demarcation that will determine “whether we’re going to go forward into the 21st century or leap back into the 1950s and start over on things like women’s rights.”

Consider, she said: Every GOP presidential candidate has pledged not only to block access to safe and legal abortion, but also to eliminate Planned Parenthood.

Of course, what she means is that if a Republican wins the White House this year, Planned Parenthood’s rocked boat may begin to sink. She’s correct – it will be a point of demarcation, because if a pro-lifer wins, then the veil over the abortion profiteer will be lifted even higher.

But the Seattle Times seems to rally behind Richards’ cause, saying:

Her marching orders are to help voters understand what is at stake.

“Maybe this is overly simplistic,” she said, “but there is not a person in this country who wants their daughter to have fewer rights than they did. Or less opportunity. Or less of a future.

“And I do think that’s what this is going to come down to.”

But it’s not just daughters. Sons, too, visit Planned Parenthood, believe in its mission and make that clear when they see Richards on the street — more since the Congressional hearing than ever before.

While Planned Parenthood may have a mission, it’s certainly not to better people’s lives–only the abortion giant’s pocketbook. As long as Richards and her profiteer partners have their buddies in the White House and the media, they can continue to attempt to control the rhetoric from behind the curtain.

Soon, however, the nation will see the wizard for what it is.

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