‘Build a Wall’ Between Taxpayers and Planned Parenthood, Activist Says
WASHINGTON – Pro-life activist Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, told PJM that while she understands the importance of border security, Congress should build a wall between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood.
“I mean, that’s the wall that matters and matters the most because we’re talking about 900 children a day being killed by a corporation that gets our taxpayer dollars,” Rose said during an interview at the March for Life on Friday. “Defund the biggest abortion chain. We are funding them $1.5 million a day and they kill 900 babies every single day and it needs to stop.”
Planned Parenthood's leadership has said the taxpayer money they receive does not specifically go to abortion services.
“That’s like a football stadium saying ‘well, we don’t do football, we sell hot dogs.’ Planned Parenthood’s focus is abortion… abortion is their cash cow,” Rose said. “They're the biggest abortion chain. When the government funds the lights that turn on and the staff that runs the building, when they fund all the other 'side services' that make the abortion practice possible, then they are responsible for the abortions that are committed."
Organizers of the Women’s March have discussed the importance of maintaining a women’s right to choose to have an abortion. Rose argued that the Women’s March organizers and participants do not represent women.
“They are not standing up for women. The Women’s March does not represent women — more and more people are leaving the Women’s March. They are so radically pro-abortion. Most American women want abortion restrictions, they want to limit abortions, but the Women’s March is totally opposed to that,” she said.
Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, which took place on Saturday, has refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan, whom she posed with in a photo and referred to as the “G.O.A.T.” (Greatest of All Time). In the past, Farrakhan has referred to Jews as “termites.” The Democratic National Committee’s name was removed as a sponsor on the Women’s March website. Rose predicted that the Women’s March might not be around next year due to the Mallory controversy.
"It’s melting down, the Women’s March, and the March for Life continues to grow because this is the most important human rights issue of our day,” she said.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said she still supports the Women’s March despite the controversy surrounding Mallory.
“I think women need to make their voices heard and I think the march two years ago send a very loud message and inspired women to run. And the results are that we have 24 percent of the Congress now as women members – now, that’s not good enough, but it’s a huge increase,” Speier said during an interview at a reception celebrating women in Congress at the Woman’s National Democratic Club.