FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2013
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
Abortion Giant Knew about Heinous, Unsafe Activities at Clinic; Failed to Report
Washington, D.C – In response to President Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood this morning, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comment:
“President Obama touts Planned Parenthood as a trusted friend and health care provider to women and girls, but this could not be further from the truth. Planned Parenthood last week admitted to knowing about the conditions inside Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic yet chose not to act to help end the killing of newborn babies and butchering of women.
“President Obama blatantly ignored this inconvenient truth about the abortion industry’s horrific lack of oversight, and disparaged the pro-life advocates who wake up each morning with the goal of saving the lives of unborn children and women from the pain of abortion.
“It seems that nothing – not even eyewitness accounts of Gosnell-style conditions in their own clinics – is enough to make President Obama reconsider his unyielding support for Planned Parenthood, which in a single year performed more than 333,000 abortions and received half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. It is no wonder that in introducing him, the first thing Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards did was to lavish praise on President Obama for supporting the abortion giant to the point of willingness to shut down the entire government during the continuing resolutions battle.”
On April 18, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Planned Parenthood knew about the conditions in Gosnell’s clinic, yet did not contact the police or elected officials. According to the Grand Jury Report, the National Abortion Federation also inspected Gosnell’s clinic and despite rejecting his application to join, they too did nothing to report the clinic to the authorities.
Its own employees have criticized Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Delaware. On April 10, WPVI-TV ABC News in Philadelphia, PA reported that two former nurses at the Planned Parenthood of Delaware abortion clinic have quit, citing unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and “a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.” In Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections.
Last month, a Planned Parenthood lobbyist in Florida defended denying medical treatment to babies that survive abortion attempts just as President Obama voted to do in the Illinois State House as a State Senator.
The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women at all levels of government. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.