Planned Parenthood President Made 39 Visits To Obama’s White House Since 2009

Brittany M. Hughes | July 31, 2015 | 5:02am EDT
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In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president, speaks in Orono, Maine.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

( – Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, head of the taxpayer-subsidized abortion giant currently facing a firestorm for allegedly selling body parts harvested from aborted babies, has made personal visits to the White House 39 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, White House records show.

According to online records on the White House website, Richards first visited the White House on Jan. 20, 2009 -- the same day Obama first took office. Since then, Richards has met with Obama alone at least three times and First Lady Michelle Obama at least twice. She also met with president and his wife together another four times.

Richards also met four times with David Plouffe, Obama’s senior adviser from 2011 to 2013. Following Plouffe’s resignation in 2013, Richards met with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett five times between mid-2012 and the beginning of 2014.

Since 2009, logs show Richards has also met the following White House officials: former White House Chief of Staff William Daley; Obama’s former Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications Dan Pfeiffer; Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and FLOTUS Chief of Staff Tina Tchen; Domestic Policy Council Director Cecelia Muñoz; Obama’s Senior Counsel Christopher Kang; Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach David Simas; Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan; and current Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

Richards also attended Obama’s second inaugural reception on Jan. 20, 2013.

White House logs show Richards visiting the White House four times in 2009, twice in 2010, seven times in 2011, six times in 2012, 13 times in 2013 and four times in 2014. So far this year, Richards has logged two visits at the White House, most recently on Jan. 8.

Several visits were logged under the name “Cecile A. Richards,” presumably using Richards’ married surname “Adams” as a middle initial. Others were recorded under “Cecile L. Richards,” alluding to her given middle name, Lynn.

A series of recentlyreleased videos by the conservative pro-life group Center for Medical Progress appear to show Planned Parenthood officials and employees haggling over the sale of body parts harvested from aborted babies. While federal law expressly forbids the sale of human and fetal tissue or profit, Richards has repeatedly denied claims that the embattled organization is actually making money off the sale of the tiny human remains.

In two of the four videos, Planned Parenthood employees can be seen on hidden camera shifting through the organs of aborted children spread out in a large petri dish while debating compensation for various parts.

In 2014 alone, Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, received $528.4 million in taxpayer funding, according to its 2014 annual financial report. That year, the organization performed 327,653 abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s annual reports can usually be found on the organization’s website at However, users trying to access the siteThursday were greeted with the message, “Our site is not available due to an attack by extremists.”

A second message on the page read: “200,000 people a day are now being blocked from information and care by this attack.”

A link on the site redirected viewers to Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page, which featured a request for donations to “fight back” against pro-life attacks.

Planned Parenthood later took to Twitter to blame the site crash on “extremist” hackers.” As of 3:30 p.m., the website simply stated, “Our website is currently undergoing maintenance.” 

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