Click above for Katie Couric, Global Anchor, interviewing Cecil Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, on November 10, 2015.
Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, is confident that her organization won’t be defunded this year. “I do believe we’ll be funded,” she says in an exclusive interview with Yahoo News Global News Anchor Katie Couric. Richards realizes that may not be the case if one of the current Republican candidates for president wins in 2016. Governmental funding represents 41% of the abortion organization. “Roe versus Wade is on the ballot. Make no mistake,” says Richards. She told Couric she had never seen a more anti-abortion field of Republican candidates. “They want to do anything but roll back the clock for women in terms of access to reproductive health care,” continued Richards. Does she mean abortion, which is the core business of Planned Parenthood?
Couric asked Richards if the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade in the near future. It’s always possible,” Richards lamented. She said that the current climate around women’s rights would disappoint her mother. “I think she would feel a bit like I feel, which is, it’s unimaginable that my daughters would have fewer rights than I do… Women do have fewer rights in the state of Texas than they did when I was growing up. And that is absolutely unacceptable.” What such an obsession for rights! Don’t women have duties too? All species protect their unborn, except the Homo sapiens…
In Texas, Governor Abbot recently informed Planned Parenthood that the state is removing the organization from the state’s Medicaid program, citing recently released undercover videos as evidence of violations. Couric, who has donated to Planned Parenthood in the past, asked Richards about the kind of responses she had gotten from those who may support the organization, but found difficulty reconciling the videos. A small number of Planned Parenthood clinics do still participate in fetal tissue research, but the group has changed its policy so that it no longer receives reimbursement for fetal tissue used for research. Is it reimbursement or payment?
Richards said the reimbursements themselves were just to cover the cost of transporting the materials and making sure labs had everything needed in terms of the procedure. She is entitled to her opinion and I am entitle do mine … And she defended the research, which scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute for Health engage in. “Look, fetal-tissue research led to the polio vaccine. It’s now being used in research on Parkinson’s, on Alzheimer’s, on almost every major disease that we’re dealing with in America.” Therefore, according to Richards pre-born children of God are used and disposed of as a commodity …
The furor around the videos has extended beyond Capitol Hill — vandalism has increased nationwide at Planned Parenthood clinics, making it more difficult, says Richards, to find clinicians willing to work there. “Given this current environment and the hostility that some of the extremists have and their willingness to kind of go to these depths to shame doctors, it’s very tough.” She calls them extremists and I call them Pro-Life advocates … It is more than semantics! And if Richards refers to clinics, I would call a hospital to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Richards opened up to Couric about her own abortion. “It was a decision my husband and I made. It was a personal decision. And we have three children that we adore and that are the center of my life. And we decided that was as big as our family needed to be,” says Richards. “It wasn’t anything more dramatic than that. It was such an easily convenient decision! Perhaps, Mrs. Richards could have also easily accommodated a fourth adorable child that would also become the center of her life.