The former CEO of Planned Parenthood has repeatedly talked about her abortion and she has repeatedly said she has no apologies for it. In a new interview with Salon, Cecile Richards once again says she feels no shame about taking the life of her unborn child.
The details of Richards’ abortion first came to light in October 2014. Planned Parenthood does over 330,000 abortions on an annual basis and Richards opened up about her own abortion in an essay published in Elle — writing that she thinks of more women share their abortion decisions it will stop the “stigma” surrounding abortion.
“I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me and my husband, and it wasn’t a difficult decision,” Richards wrote then. “Before becoming president of Planned Parenthood eight years ago, I hadn’t really talked about it beyond family and close friends. But I’m here to say, when politicians argue and shout about abortion, they’re talking about me — and millions of other women around the country.”
Now, in the new interview, Richards again admits she had the abortion for birth control reasons.
“Look, I’m very privileged to have a very supportive family. I have a very supportive partner. This was never something I always felt ashamed about, but I realized by not talking about it publicly perhaps I should do more,” she said.
Why did Richards want to have an abortion? Essentially for birth control reasons. She admits that she just didn’t want any more children. So much for the argument that abortion is about hard cases and difficult decisions — and statistics have shown for many many years that most abortions are done simply for birth control reasons.
My story was not dramatic. It was actually a very, very common story of just someone who gets pregnant when they don’t intend to be. Terminating my pregnancy was something that was, it was personal to me, but I felt like if telling my story helped any other person, then it was my intention to do that and that’s part of my purpose.
One would think the life-long abortion activist and future Planned Parenthood CEO would have a handle on contraception or birth control, but apparently not.
Richards went on to say that she appreciates people like the Shout Your Abortion movement which is composed of women who brag about aborting their unborn babies. And she appreciates how abortion activists have come up to her and thanked her for sharing how she aborted her baby.
I really want to give credit to the reproductive justice community and other groups that have started, like Shout Your Abortion, for being in the forefront of this. Realizing that by not talking openly, for those people who can, we were potentially contributing to the shame that some people feel.
Since that article was published years ago, many women have come up to me, on airports, on the streets, total strangers who just said, “Thank you for sharing your story, it really helped me in my own circumstance.” I’m privileged I was able to do that and I’m really grateful to all the people who’ve done it as well.
What a horrible thing to be glad strangers are thanking you for — but that is Cecile Richards’ legacy. One aborted baby of her own and almost 4 million more from other women.