Cecile Richards Says Pro-Life Republicans Hate Women: “Misogyny Is an Organizing Force” For Them

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 10, 2019   |   9:20AM   |   Washington, DC

Cecile Richards isn’t making nearly $1 million a year anymore running the largest abortion chain in America. But she’s still advocating for the killing of unborn babies.

In a biased interview with Newsweek, the former Planned Parenthood president slammed the Trump administration and pro-life Republicans as a “misogynistic force” intent on controlling women.

“What’s become abundantly clear is that this administration and a lot of politicians nationwide are set on not only ending access to safe and legal abortion, but ending access to birth control and preventive health services,” Richards said, without giving any specific examples.

Supposedly, she was referring to new Trump administration policies that cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. However, the new Title X rule does not limit access to birth control or preventive services — Planned Parenthood is choosing to no longer accept the funds for those services. The rule allows the abortion group to continue to receive taxpayer funding as long as it completely separates its abortion business from its actual health services. Planned Parenthood has refused to do so.

Newsweek, like many mainstream news outlets, did not question Richards further on the issue or attempt to fact check her statements.

She went on: “Long term, this administration is jamming through appointments at a record pace, reshaping the federal judiciary into a much less friendly place for women.”

Asked why the pro-life movement is still so strong 46 years after Roe v. Wade, Richards did not have a good answer. Instead, she responded by attacking pro-life Republicans and conservative Christians as women haters.

“I do think the way the Republican Party is now structured—and you can go back to the 1994 elections when the Christian Coalition was ascendant—misogyny is an organizing force,” Richards said.

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She claimed people are fleeing the Republican Party because of its “extreme” pro-life stance, but then contradicted her own talking point by referring to President Donald Trump’s change from pro-choice to pro-life.

Richards did not have a good answer when asked why so many women support Trump and pro-life laws either.

“First, women are not a monolith. But there are fundamental issues of fairness and values that women hold. Women aren’t paid equally. I don’t care if you work at Walmart or Goldman Sachs—women care about that. Workplaces treat pregnancy as a burden and nuisance. These issues are not Democratic or Republican,” she said.

But the main issue Richards is advocating for is abortion, the killing of unborn babies, not the other things she mentioned. And polls consistently show that most women oppose her radical position that calls for abortions to be legal for any reason up to birth and taxpayer funded. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake even admitted last year to The Hill that women are more likely to oppose abortions than men.

Richards paints pro-life Republicans as misogynistic because it’s convenient to her narrative, and mainstream news outlets let her get away with it. But the truth is that many women oppose abortions because they believe that every human being deserves rights, including babies in the womb. And true women’s rights never trample on the rights of others.