In her last email to supporters Monday, former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards said she has been “honored” to fight for abortion.
Richards, whose last day was Tuesday, oversaw about 3.5 million unborn babies abortion deaths during her 12 years at the abortion chain. Under her leadership, the abortion chain reaped in record profits, including billions in taxpayer funding, and maintained a corner on the American abortion market. It ramped up its political advocacy and attacked numerous efforts to protect unborn and born babies from abortion.
“I am filled with emotion,” Richards wrote about her work Monday. “For the last 12 years, I have been honored to stand by your side to fight for reproductive health and rights.”
Richards often used the terms reproductive rights, health care and women’s rights to mean abortion – Planned Parenthood’s top focus. Last year, Richards made their priorities very clear when she refused an offer of additional tax dollars for reproductive health care, such as birth control, STD tests and prenatal care, if the group would give up abortions. She described the suggestion that Planned Parenthood stop aborting unborn babies as “obscene and insulting.”
In her letter Monday, Richards praised the abortion chain’s supporters for fighting with her to keep abortion legal, and urged them to keep going.
You and countless others have been there every step of the way. When I asked you to speak up proudly on behalf of Planned Parenthood patients, you raised your voice until it couldn’t be ignored. When I asked you to fight for reproductive rights, you donated generously and volunteered your time. When I asked for your commitment and dedication to help elect leaders who would protect access to health care for all, you did whatever it took to get the job done.
Today, I have just one last thing to ask you: Don’t stop.
Don’t stop fighting. Don’t stop speaking out. And don’t ever stop standing with Planned Parenthood, with women, with people of color, with LGBTQ people, with immigrants, with young people, with patients, with doctors, with those who are shut out of power and silenced and ignored by our leaders.
She also praised the abortionists, nurses and others who work to keep the billion dollar “nonprofit” going.
“I have been humbled by the courage of doctors, nurses, and other staff at Planned Parenthood health centers,” Richards wrote. “I have been inspired and moved by the conviction of activists and supporters. And I have been astonished by the compassion of people like you, the heart and soul of this organization, the reason why Planned Parenthood stands today.”
Richards announced her plans to resign from Planned Parenthood in January, barely a month after the U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating whether the abortion chain illegally sold aborted baby body parts.
Since 2006, Richards has drawn in a huge, nearly seven-figure salary leading the nonprofit. During her tenure, Planned Parenthood saw huge drops in patient numbers and actual health services and scandal after scandal involving aborted baby body parts trafficking, sexual abuse cover-ups, Medicaid fraud and more.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.