Vermont Governor Claims State Is ‘Blessed’ to Have ‘Extraordinary Work’ of Planned Parenthood

Schumlin Credit Community College of VermontBURLINGTON, Vt. — During an event announcing Planned Parenthood’s endorsements for political office in Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin asserted that residents should feel “blessed” to have the “extraordinary work” of the abortion provider within its borders.

“Vermont is unusual. We should be blessed to live here with a Planned Parenthood that does extraordinary work, and a legislature that will stand behind you,” he said. “Let’s make Vermont an example for how this nation should deal with health care and reproductive rights.”

In Vermont, it is legal to obtain an abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and there are no state-mandated restrictions or significant regulations on the practice, such as waiting periods, counseling requirements or parental notification laws.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2011, “1,370 women obtained abortions in Vermont, producing a rate of 11.7 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.”

There are 11 Planned Parenthood facilities in the state, including in Burlington, Bennington and Brattleboro, and Planned Parenthood is the sole entity to receive Title X family planning funds as allotted by the Vermont Department of Health, which is stated to be approximately $1.8 million dollars a year.

“They are the largest single provider of abortions here,” Mary Hahn Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life told Christian News Network. “[T]hey probably do upwards of 90 percent of all abortions that are done here.”

She stated that Planned Parenthood has a lot of political persuasion in the state as they are often influential as to who will be elected to office.

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“Sometimes we refer to them here in Vermont as the fourth branch of government,” Beerworth said. “In 2010, when Peter Shumlin ran for governor for the first time, Planned Parenthood illegally raised and spent over $100,000 to run television ads that may well have made the difference in the election [as] they were run in the last few weeks. Most recently, our attorney general fined them $30,000 when he found them in violation of the law.”

She explained that Shumlin often holds press conferences at the Planned Parenthood headquarters, “knowing what kind of backing he’ll get at election time.”

But Beerworth also found it to be absurd that the governor would assert that it is a blessing to have the abortion giant within its borders.

“I think that he’s using that term ‘blessed’ as someone who probably also believes that abortion is a [religious experience],” she stated. “This is as far to the left as you can possibly get on abortion, and there is no abortion that he doesn’t think is a good idea.”

And while some may assert that Planned Parenthood provides other services to women besides abortion, Beerworth said that those services all revolve around an obsession with sex.

“Really, those services boil down to contraception, treatment of STD’s and abortion,” she explained. “They don’t have any parenting classes, breastfeeding classes, [and] they have no mammograms on the premises.”

Beerworth also pointed to the “Naked Notion” project with Laci Green, which is described on the Planned Parenthood of New England website as being “a sex information project dedicated to frank, open conversations about sexuality.”

In 2002, the organization was investigated by the Texas-based pro-life group Life Dynamics, who discovered that the majority of the facilities in Vermont were willing to cover for child rape.

“I’m going to be 14 later on this month, and my friend said that you guys would have to tell my parents,” an undercover caller told an employee at Bennington Planned Parenthood, knowing that the age of consent in the state is 16. “But my boyfriend’s 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?”

“Right now, I don’t think we have to notify your parents,” the worker replied.

“Is this what you are talking about? Is this the extraordinary work by Planned Parenthood that you are referring to?” Life Dynamics President Mark Crutcher stated in a press release after learning of Shumlin’s remarks.

“For us sitting here in Vermont to see Gov. Shumlin in their headquarters and calling it a blessing—it’s a blessing to him because he knows they’re going to back him at election time,” Beerworth said. “We’re working hard [for life here], but I would say that Vermont is the most pro-abortion state in the nation.”

Photo: Community College of Vermont

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  • Joel Rivera

    I’m sure Hitler claimed the same blessings of Germany with the gas chambers and all.

  • robertzaccour

    It’s not a blessing it’s infant genocide. Something around 55 million children killed in the womb legally here in America.

  • andrewo

    It is the most valued evilessing for the Nazi.

  • James Grimes

    The delusional has spoken. Anything for votes.

    • Bruce Morrow

      Yes indeed!

    • James Grimes

      He is a sinner who is unwilling to repent. Some day God may get his attention.

  • Bruce Morrow

    Those who forsake the LORD love death folks!

  • OldArkie

    And he thinks its blessed work to murder babies. What happens to people that stand against God?

    Ro 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

    And we have many doing as they did in the day of Judges.

    Jg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

  • Reason2012

    It’s “health care” to_kill your son/daughter? How so? 55 MILLION sons/daughters_killed by their own parents in the name of “it’s health care”.

  • Haqodeshim

    While 20 children killed in Newton, CT is tragedy, and 6 million Jews killed at the hands of Hitler and the Nazis is a Holocaust, Progressives in education, Government, and the MSM are largely silent about 56 million plus children killed by abortion since 1973. The target is 18-24 year old women who have the majority of the abortions, when they are in the midst of crisis. All sets of my Grandparents did not “plan” on their first child, and chose marriage, family, and life, and ended up setting up a great foundation for their children and grandchildren that came after that first “unplanned” child back in the days when abortion was not legal. Less than 1% of those 56 million plus abortions has been for rape, incest, or the life of the mother. When you take the other 99.9% of abortions and multiply them by the average cost of one abortion, this becomes about a BILLION DOLLAR industry – abortion is about BIG MONEY for abortion providers, and never mind the damage it does to existing children or children who come after –

  • Planned Parenthood kills babies for a living, they systematically hide rape, incest and sex trafficking, they encourage kids to have all sorts of out-of-wedlock sex and pretend that it can be done without risks, they would rather destroy a breast cancer charity than part ways amicably, they commit Medicaid fraud, they teach kids the joys of BDSM, and so much more. Their leaders and abortionists get rich off of death and misery, aided by your taxes. They use some of that money to fund propaganda telling women that if they aren’t willing to kill their children that they can’t be equal in value to men.