Cecile Richards isn’t the president of Planned Parenthood anymore. But her abortion advocacy continues.
While she has kept her future plans a secret, many liberal news outlets and blogs have been urging Richards to run for office.
Her response: “Never say never, right?”
On Tuesday, Richards told Refinery 29, a pro-abortion women’s blog, that she is focusing on urging women to vote and become more politically active. When Richards says women, she means women who support legalized abortion for any reason up to birth.
“… I think it’s important that women not only run for office and vote, but also really organize around things that they want and need. That, to me, is exciting,” Richards said.
When asked if she will run for office, Richards replied: “Don’t box yourself out. I think as women, we need to have more tapes in our head that say, ‘You know, I could do that.’ [laughs] And so, I never want to say there’s something I’m not going to do. There’s no reason to foreclose things.”
She made similar statements to BuzzFeed News this week:
Cecile Richards won’t close the door on a future run for office, after stepping down as the president of Planned Parenthood.
Richards said she doesn’t “really know” what her next plans are, telling BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM Wednesday morning that “it’s kinda exciting not to know.” But she wouldn’t rule out running for office in her home state of New York in the future. “It’s not in my plans right now,” Richards said, but added, “Never say never.”
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.
Richards expanded political advocacy at Planned Parenthood. Her background is in politics, not health care. Previously, she worked for pro-abortion House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the liberal advocacy group America Votes. She is the daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards.
During her 12 years at Planned Parenthood, she oversaw about 3.5 million unborn babies abortion deaths. 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.
Richards made 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.