5 November 2013
Complaint – Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood America
I wish to lodge a formal complaint against the interview of Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The interview was aired at 8 am on Saturday 2 November 2013 on the Saturday Morning programme. My complaint is that the interview breached Principle [d] of the Code of Practice for free to air radio. The principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view, either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest.
Radio NZ deservedly has a reputation for maintaining a very high standard of broadcasting journalism. It was thus a great disappointment for me that the interview failed to challenge or discuss the very real issues that make Planned Parenthood a highly controversial organisation that is involved in fraud and criminal activity concerning the non- reporting of statutory rape and having teenagers smuggled across State boundaries to avoid laws requiring parental notification and consent. It is the major abortion provider in the USA, since 1970 it has performed 5.3 million abortions.
The US Congress has voted to defund Planned Parenthood after it fraudulently claimed Federal funding. In 2011 Planned Parenthood received $542 million and is being investigated for numerous accusations of fraud and for operating clinics that were unsafe for women. The federation is the largest provider of abortions performing 333,964 abortions in 2011. Planned Parenthood received more than half a billion in tax dollars in one year alone, faces numerous accusations of fraud and claims of unsafe conditions at some of its abortion clinics. It is being investigated at the request of the House of Representatives by the Government Accountability Office.
A Texas affiliate of the organization, paid $4.3 million in July to settle allegations of fraud in billing to a health program for the poor. The settlement was $3 million more than what had been announced earlier by the Texas Attorney General.
Seven States have defunded Planned Parenthood with many other defunding actions in progress. The reason, Planned Parenthood aggressively promotes abortion.
Planned Parenthood constantly opposes the rights of parents to care for their teenage girls by using the courts to challenge State parental notification and consent laws. The Federation also unlawfully takes girls across State lines without the knowledge of parents to avoid parental notification and consent laws.
Planned Parenthood has covered up the sexual abuse of minors by failing to report statutory rape to the Police.
Planned Parenthood supports the campaign to have the Vatican denied observer status with speaking rights at the United Nations because the Vatican speaks up in defence of women and the right to life of unborn children.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a racist and a eugenicist who advocated restricting the birth of Negroes by establishing birth control clinics in Negro neighbourhoods.
Margaret Sanger, On the extermination of blacks:
"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon.
“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Women and the New Race 1920.
The American people, through their elected representatives in the State legislatures and the US Congress, are endeavouring to stop Planned Parenthood from using their tax dollars to promote the killing of the unborn and to seduce their children. There is a campaign in New Zealand to defund the Family Planning Association, the major abortion agency in the country. The FPA intend to seek a licence to turn its 30 clinics into abortion clinics. The New Zealand FPA is a sister affiliate with Planned Parenthood in the International Planned Parenthood Federation.The purpose of the attendance of Cecile Richards at the AGM of Family Planning was to give Family Planning encouragement in setting up abortion clinics in its 30 clinics.
Planned Parenthood supports China’s one child family planning policy, with forced abortions and sterilisations.
The first topic of the interview was the recent Texas State legislature passing a law to promote women’s health and welfare. Cecile Richards was unchallenged in representing Planned Parenthood as the protector of women. The interviewer made no effort to allow listeners to know exactly what the law was. The law has three objectives.
- The first objective was to protect women’s health and to protect the lives of unborn children by banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
- The second objective was to require abortion clinics to maintain the standards set for surgical facilities.
- The third objective was to require that abortionists have an admittance agreement with a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic that would accept a woman requiring hospitalisation for complications resulting from an abortion.
Planned Parenthood opposed this law and went to Court to seek an injunction on the grounds that it was a restriction of women’s rights to abortion.
The second topic was Obama Health Care. This law is being challenged by State legislatures because it forces all employers regardless of their conscience to fund abortions and contraception. This is an assault on religious freedom.The interviewer failed to address the reasons for the substantial opposition to this law.
The interview failed to challenge Cecile Richards on any of these important social and justice issues. This is the first time that the President of Planned Parenthood has visited New Zealand. This was a unique and valuable opportunity to address these issues. In my opinion, Radio NZ has substantially failed the public of New Zealand by presenting an interview that could have been searching, challenging and an expose of an organisation that opposes laws to protect the health and welfare of women. All the information that I have provided you with is available on the internet and could have been obtained by your interviewer.
The above issues are very controversial and of great importance, it is quite astounding that they were not even mentioned.
It is most disappointing that in my view, Radio NZ in this interview failed to maintain its very high standards for in- depth interviews.