The feminazi site Bustle, which celebrates all things Planned Parenthood and abortion, was delighted to report on the electoral victories of 6 current or former Planned Parenthood staffers who went from working for the billion dollar abortion business to elected office where they can now lobby on the inside for their radical agenda. To Planned Parenthood, that has got to be priceless compared to the tens of millions they spent on this year's elections.
The November 15 headline reads “5 Planned Parenthood Alums Won Elections In 2018 — Here's What They Want To Achieve,” although the article lists 6 Democrat women.
After painting a dark picture of abortion rights under President Trump, author Lani Seelinger offered some reassurance for her liberal audience:
If you've been alarmed at the Trump administration's continuing crusade to roll back women's reproductive rights, then you know that there's still a fight ahead to prevent that from happening. The 2018 midterm elections did offer a few bright spots for those concerned with the issue, though. For one thing, several alumni of the Planned Parenthood organization ran for state or national office — and many of them won decisive victories.
Bustle goes on to list the Planned Parenthood staffers, but here are some further details that they didn't bother to mention.
Minnesota Senator Tina Smith held her seat after being appointed to the U.S. Senate to replace Al Franken. Smith was the Vice President of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota between 2003-2006. from 2003 to 2006. According to LifeSite.com, during her tenure the number of abortions funded by taxpayers doubled and there were a total number of 9,717 abortions in Minnesota, a 22 percent annual increase.
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher defeated incumbent U. S. Rep. John Culberson in Texas' 7th Congressional District. On her website she boasts, "When I was in high school, I stood outside a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic in the August heat to stop protestors who threatened to chain themselves to the doors and prevent women from entering the clinic. After college, I co-founded Planned Parenthood Young Leaders to build a new generation of supporters for this important community partner."
Xochitl Torres-Small won in New Mexico’s 2nd U.S. Congressional District. According to her campaign, she worked at the Planned Parenthood headquarters in Washington D.C. between 2005-2008.
Anna Eskamani won election to the Florida House of Representatives. According to her campaign bio, she has been Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida for the last 6 years. Last year, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for her Planned Parenthood was caught on one of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) undercover sting videos exposing the sale of aborted baby parts. In 2015, in the wake of the first round of CMP undercover videos, state inspectors found the clinic was doing illegal 2nd trimester abortions.
Raquel Terán was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives, she currently works for Planned Parenthood of Arizona as the Campaign Director for ISTANDWITHPP. Last year an abortionist with PP of AZ was exposed by CMP indicating they kill or let babies born alive during a botched abortion die instead of administering medical care as required by law.
Nikema Williams won reelection in the Georgia Senate after first winning her seat in a special election last year. She was the Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast in Atlanta, working there for over 10 years until early 2018, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was also just arrested at the state Capitol on Tuesday while protesting the results of the Georgia governor's race.
Planned Parenthood came to her defense:
Former PP staffer + Georgia State Senator @NikemaForSenate was arrested for doing her job and standing up for her constituents. Every Georgian must be heard.— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) November 13, 2018
Nikema is a part of the PP family and we echo her demand to #CountEveryVote. https://t.co/Bw2F1mGqtr
The article goes on to quote Sen. Smith saying, "For me [reproductive rights are] a fundamental question of freedom, and whether women have the freedom and the opportunity to build the lives that they want…I’m always looking for opportunities to expand those opportunities for women and ways of stopping efforts to limit that freedom." How about the freedom to live for those unborn babies?
Seelinger reported that PP Political Outreach Director Wendy Wallace held a press call where she touted “historic wins for women, and champions of reproductive health and rights.” Wallace said these wins demonstrated “a clear rejection of the Trump-Pence attack on health care and the right to safe, legal abortion.”
Actually, there was a “clear rejection” of the supposed right to abortion on the ballot in two states. Alabama voted to add language to their state constitution to protect “the rights of unborn children” and “support the sanctity of unborn life,” while West Virginia passed an amendment stating that nothing in their state constitution "secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion."
Bustle also unquestioningly repeats their Planned Parenthood-provided talking point that one in five women has visited a Planned Parenthood at some point in her life. Sen. Smith first cites it as a reason her Planned Parenthood affiliation was a positive for her on the campaign trail, then Eskamani is quoted as saying, "I first started at Planned Parenthood as a patient — like one in five American women."
It is supposedly based on internal polling by Planned Parenthood, and its results and methodology has not been made available to the public. The Fact Checker has asked the organization to release polling results and methodology, and will update this fact check if the information becomes available.
Planned Parenthood also pointed to a 2013 Huffington Post/YouGov poll that found that one in five Americans said they had visited a Planned Parenthood clinic for health services. But opt-in Internet surveys, which do not accurately estimate population values, do not meet The Washington Post polling methodology standards. The Fact Checker often has warned readers of relying on such polls.