Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards: We Need More Women in Congress. Just Not Pro-Life Women

National   Micaiah Bilger   Apr 6, 2017   |   3:30PM    Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards said she wants more women in Congress because she believes it would mean less fighting about abortion.

Richards made the comment Wednesday as she spoke in defense of her abortion chain and the half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding that it receives annually, CNN reports. She was a panelist at the Women in the World conference in New York this week.

“They’ve come at us and come at women in a way that is much harsher than I even imagined,” Richards said. “Frankly, if we had more members of the United States Congress that could get pregnant, we would quit fighting about Planned Parenthood and access to reproductive health care.”

But Richards should be careful what she wishes for.

Some of the strongest advocates against abortion in Congress and in the United States as a whole are women.

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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, for example, recently led the House investigation of how aborted babies’ body parts are being handled at Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. Her panel concluded its investigation by recommending that Planned Parenthood be defunded and potentially criminally prosecuted for actions involving the handling of aborted babies’ body parts.

Pro-life U.S. Rep. Diane Black and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst introduced bills this year to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that provide a broader range of care to women and families, but don’t do abortions.

And pro-life U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has been open publicly about her own decision to choose life for her daughter, despite a fatal prenatal diagnosis.

But these are not the types of women who Richards’ abortion chain supports. Planned Parenthood only backs women legislators who are pro-abortion. The abortion chain spent more than $30 million in the last election to support pro-abortion candidates, including Hillary Clinton. It also regularly attacks female pro-life Congresswomen like Blackburn because they don’t fall in line with Planned Parenthood’s narrative.

Richards might as well have added, “Pro-life women need not apply.”

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