Auburn Seminary, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, honored Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards at its annual “Lives of Commitment Benefit Breakfast.”
Richards heads the nation’s largest abortion company, responsible for over 300,000 abortions each year, and a key lobbying group against conscience rights for religious employers. The seminary’s website called Richards “a champion of critical family planning and reproductive rights for all.” The website also makes a point of emphasizing Richards was featured on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List in 2012, ranking higher than President Obama and Lady Gaga. According to the event’s organizers, Richards’ remarks were to focus on “clergy involvement in social justice and reproductive health.”
Following the event, Cecile Richards tweeted, “Honored to celebrate the incredible work of Auburn Seminary at their Lives of Commitment breakfast this morning!”
Planned Parenthood’s advocacy of the Obama HHS mandate has alienated people of faith across the country. The HHS mandate gives the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to tell employers what they must offer in their insurance plans, regardless of whether they have objections on religious or moral grounds. Pro-life organizations have argued that while currently the mandate forces coverage of contraceptives, it could easily be used to force abortion coverage. Planned Parenthood aims to repair its image by appearing friendly to people of faith.