Cecile Richards has made a lot of outrageous statements in her position as president of the Planned Parenthood abortion chain.
In a new interview this month, she fell back on one of abortion advocates old favorites to defend her abortion business: Republicans want to ban abortion and control women.
“There are members of Congress who think that women are just not in their place anymore. Things were going pretty well for them the past several hundred years—it all started when we chose to be able to decide when and whether to have children,” Richards told Esquire. “I’ll let the congressmen speak for themselves. If I really thought they cared about women’s health, I’d care more about what they say.”
Her claims are not only outrageous, they also are false. It wasn’t women who “chose” to legalize abortion back in 1973, as Richards implied. An all-male U.S. Supreme Court handed down the decision, Roe v. Wade, that allowed abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.
And if Richards looked further back in history, she would find that most early feminists were vocal opponents of abortion. Alice Paul, an early feminist who campaigned for women’s right to vote and the Equal Rights Amendment, called abortion the “ultimate exploitation of women.”
Today, female lawmakers are some of the most vocal advocates for unborn babies in Congress.
U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, is leading the fight to de-fund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. In 2015, she wrote the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would end taxpayer funding for the abortion group while it is being investigated for selling aborted babies body parts.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, is taking charge of the Congressional committee that is conducting a long-term investigation of the abortion giant. In 2014, she defended unborn babies from a radical piece of legislation by showing an ultrasound image of her grandson to her fellow legislators.
To imply that members of Congress are working to stop abortion because they want to put women “in their place” is just absurd.
Ironically, Richards told the magazine, “We have moved into an era in the media in which no one waits for anything to be verified.” At least she is right about that.