Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska criticized Planned Parenthood in a Facebook post made public on July 26 by using the Confederate flag to further her point.
In the post, Palin showcased images of the Confederate flag, which launched numerous controversies earlier this summer, and the logo for Planned Parenthood, which is currently embroiled in a scandal involving undercover reporters.
The caption reads, “Which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year?” with “#defundPlannedParenthood” added at the bottom. In just one day, the post was “liked” by more than 100,000 viewers. Here's the image:
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Over the last two weeks, Planned Parenthood has come under fire following the release of two secretly recorded videos showcased top officials discussing selling fetal tissue for funds. The organization has repeatedly defended itself, saying the quotes were taken out of context, but many are still upset over what the video shows.
Palin used her social media accounts to attack Planned Parenthood. In a previous post, she wrote “80 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics located in minority neighborhoods,” with a picture of a woman holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign in the background.
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on July 26 to defend her organization.
“The folks behind this, in fact, are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind, you know, the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes and in their churches,” Richards said. “And that’s what actually needs to be looked at.”
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The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, was responsible for the filming of the video and posting it online, leading to the current controversy. Republican members of Congress have now called on their colleagues to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives nearly $4 billion in taxpayer funds per year, Fox News reported.