AOC: Planned Parenthood 'Saves Lives'
Far-left Democrat's remarks cause backlash
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Planned Parenthood, which every year performs thousands of abortions, saves lives.
During a committee hearing on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez said:
“I don’t want to hear a single person on this committee or outside of this committee talk about, what about, valuing life when they continue to uphold the death penalty when they continue to support policies that disproportionately incarcerate and lead to the deaths of black men and people throughout this country."
"And uphold an absolutely unjust medical system that exists for profit, that allows people to die because they can’t afford to live."
“In addition to that, if we want to talk about Planned Parenthood, let’s talk about how many lives Planned Parenthood has saved and how many babies have been born because of the prenatal care provided by Planned Parenthood."
Rep. @AOC: “Let’s talk about how many lives Planned Parenthood has saved & how many babies have been born because of the prenatal care provided by PP. And if you don’t believe it and if you’ve never met a Planned Parenthood baby, I’m happy to let you know that I am one." pic.twitter.com/GOcFikX34K— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 6, 2021
“And if you don’t believe it, and if you’ve never met a Planned Parenthood baby, I’m happy to let you know that I am one, and that my mother received and relied on prenatal care from Planned Parenthood when she was pregnant with me,” she claimed.
“And so if we’re concerned about life, we don’t get to talk about anyone else who’s not concerned about the full spectrum of that when we are upholding policies that kill people.”
The number of abortions that Planned Parenthood performed from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, was 345,672, The Heritage Foundation reported.
Earlier this year, Texas permanently ended the use of taxpayer money from being used to fund Planned Parenthood in the state.
Neon Nettle reported:
Planned Parenthood facilities in the state will no longer receive tax dollars through the Medicaid program.
Texas Permanently Ends Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) February 2, 2021
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According to the Catholic News Agency, the abortion provider made a request to continue to receive Medicaid reimbursement funding for its clinics, which Texas denied.
The executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, Jennifer Allmon, praised the persistence of the Texas legislature on the matter.