Pelosi’s SOTU Guest, Planned Parenthood, Gave $27K to CA Dem

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Throughout her career, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has supported Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Likewise, Planned Parenthood has backed the self-described Catholic politician – including financially.

The ties between the California representative and Planned Parenthood escalated on February 5 when Dr. Leana Wen, the newly-chosen president of Planned Parenthood, publicly announced that she would attend President Trump’s State of the Union address as Pelosi’s special guest. The invitation comes after Planned Parenthood has spent tens of thousands of dollars on Pelosi as a congressional candidate.

Wen, who has served as president for the abortion giant since November, released a statement to commemorate Pelosi’s invitation.

“As an immigrant, a mother, a doctor, and the president of Planned Parenthood, I am honored to attend the State of the Union as the guest of Speaker Pelosi,” Wen began. She continued with praise for the California politician:

“Last November, American voters — particularly women and women of color — sent a clear message: we want our elected representatives to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, including the right to safe, legal abortion. Planned Parenthood is proud to have Speaker Pelosi’s leadership of a pro-reproductive health House of Representatives. And we look forward to working with her to advance a pro-women, pro-family, and pro-economy agenda that affirms health care as a fundamental human right, and women’s rights—and all people’s rights—as human rights.”

All people’s rights – except for those of the unborn, that is.

Planned Parenthood’s financial connection to Pelosi began long before the 2019 State of the Union. According to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, Planned Parenthood has given more than $27,000 to Pelosi in the past decade.

Money Given to Nancy Pelosi, 2000 – 2018:

2018: $5,108

2016: $5,000

2014: $1,000

2012: $6,000

2010: $1,000

2008: $1,000

2006: —

2004: $5,000

2002: $3,500

2000: —

TOTAL: $27,608

Pelosi also has Planned Parenthood to thank for giving more than $5.5 million to Democratic congressional candidates in the past ten years.

Money Given to Democratic Congressional Candidates, 2000 – 2018:

2018: $806,596

2016: $773,837

2014: $688,454

2012: $882,010

2010: $343,460

2008: $560,797

2006: $187,442

2004: $556,497

2002: $416,210

2000: $392,024

TOTAL: $5,607,327

Not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood gave just $203,913 to Republican congressional candidates during that same time period. Those numbers are still a drop in the bucket compared with Planned Parenthood’s total budget. According to its most recent annual report, for 2017 – 2018, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions in the past year and received $563.8 million in federal funding or “Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants.”

Abortion, and helping women access it, can be grounds for automatic excommunication in the Catholic Church. (Even though, at the same time, Pope Francis stresses boundless mercy for women seeking forgiveness.)

The gravity the Church places on ending unborn lives doesn’t seem to trouble Pelosi, a self-described practicing Catholic. In 2015, Pelosi told The New York Times that she agreed “with the pope on more issues than many Catholics who agree with him on one issue.” She later added that the “church has their position, and we have ours, which is that a woman has free will given to her by God.”

That’s good enough for Wen, who considers abortion her organization’s core mission. She worries about the president though. Just before attending the address as a guest, Wen warned in a Twitter video that President Trump might bring up abortion.

“I understand that President Trump is going to be attacking abortion access tonight,” she said. “That would be a direct attack on women’s rights and access to healthcare. Reproductive health care is health care. Women’s health care is health care. And health care is a fundamental human right.”

Wen sadly forgets life is a fundamental human right too. Life, not death, is what health care is meant to foster – and its beauty and dignity is something money will never be able to calculate.

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9 Comments

  1. Anyone who believes abortion is right, is in grave sin and will be judged by our God in the end of their life unless they do repent and correct their stance on this issue. It does not mean even in God’s mercy, we all will not pay for those that we have killed or promoted to have an abortion. Yes, we have free will, to kill and do anything we want but justice must be served in this life and after. Anyone who knowingly promotes abortion who is Catholic should be excommunited. Watch the upcoming movie “Unplanned” to learn the truth!

  2. She is NOT a true Catholic. We do not believe in the murder of innocent children. We do not believe in capitol punishment. What the heck is going on in this messed up world????????

  3. How can Congress appropiate funds to Planned Parenthood then turn around and accept the same cash as a campaign contribution.Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

  4. You mention nothing about her detractor-in-chief, Trump. His lies at the SOTU were ablaze with misdirection’s..

    All we see on the Catholic internet is his pro-life, anti-Gay (especially Tans Genders in the service), his prolific lying and disparaging name calling is not mentioned. The Church should peel the onion on this man and reveal his true nature. I believe if he were Catholic he would be excommunicated.

    • Morganb, what, on earth, are you saying? Trump has proven himself over and over as the President of the people. He has done more for the Pro-life, Pro-family cause than any other President. He defends religious freedom. The democrats want to take that freedom away from us. You are so misled. I feel badly for you.

  5. The Ninth Commandment seems appropriate when seeking out liars whose intention is harm. “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. There appear to be few Catholic clergy and Republicans who follow the commandment. There are no “little white lies” when it comes to treason.

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