Planned Parenthood is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that protected birth control and led the way to the legalization of abortion.
In June of 1965, the high court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that prohibiting contraceptives violated the right to marital privacy.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), said the birth control pill is “one pill that literally changed the world and the way we live.”
“The availability of the pill has literally reshaped the lives of women, men and families across the country and around the globe,” continued Richards. “This highly effective oral contraceptive enables women to plan their own futures in ways they never could before by deciding the timing and spacing of their children, as well as by being able to decide to pursue more education and employment before they start their families.”
Planned Parenthood receives taxpayer funds to provide women with birth control and abortion and was recently found by the Government Accountability Office to also use taxpayer funding to promote abortion as “reproductive health care.”
In fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding – more than $1.4 million per day – in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. Taxpayer funding accounts for 41% of the organization’s overall revenue.
In 2013, 94% of Planned Parenthood’s “pregnancy services” were abortions, and 5% were prenatal care and adoption referrals. For every adoption referral, the abortion industry giant performed 174 abortions.
In the last fiscal year, Planned Parenthood reported more than $127 million in excess revenue and more than $1.4 billion in net assets.
“The 50th anniversary of the pill is a great opportunity to reflect on the immeasurable impact the pill has had on women’s lives, but our work to advance women’s health is far from done,” Richards said, adding that millions of women still cannot afford birth control.
As Breitbart News reported in July of 2014, however, birth control can be purchased for as little as $3.77 per month.
“First and foremost, all women need affordable contraceptive options regardless of their income or type of insurance, so that they can fulfill their own aspirations for themselves and their children,” Richards said. “That’s why we are committed to ensuring that under the new health care law all contraception is covered as preventive care at no cost to patients.”
Planned Parenthood is widely known for its attempts to rename “abortion” as “women’s healthcare” and “birth control” as “preventive” care, thereby turning pregnancy into a disease.
Writing at Crisis Magazine, Stephen Krason, professor of political science and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University, notes that because the defendant in Griswold v. Connecticut, Estelle Griswold, was a medical adviser and executive director of Planned Parenthood in New Haven, Connecticut, the organization did all the leg work to pave the way for the Supreme Court’s new jurisprudence on privacy, which ultimately guided the court’s future decisions on pornography, abortion, and homosexuality.
“As far as abortion was concerned, 1965 was the last year that all the old restrictive laws remained in place,” Krason writes. “Mississippi was the first to make a change the following year.”
Krason observes that, also in that year, the American Medical Association (AMA) reversed its opposition to distributing information about contraception
“Interestingly, the AMA changed its century-old opposition to legalized abortion for any reason at all only two years later,” he adds.