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Cecile Richards: ‘Extraordinary victory’ for abortion rights in Kansas

Kansas voters turned out in record numbers to protect abortion access in the state. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin says the outcome is a sign that national and state lawmakers are out of touch, while former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards tells Zerlina Maxwell this is a wake-up call for Republicans. “People who were not expected to vote came out in droves, and I expect them to be back for the midterm elections.”Aug. 3, 2022.
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“I Wasn’t Cynical Enough”: Cecile Richards Discusses the New Fight to Get Back Abortion Rights

In the week since the Supreme Court did away with the settled law of the land that codified people’s rights to choose their own personal health and economic freedom, a sense of helplessness and doom has set in. Women have flooded websites that sell abortion pills, and hotlines that provide access to birth control. Pharmacies, facing steep demand, have rationed Plan B. President Joe Biden has now said he’ll work to codify abortion rights, and ending the filibuster to do so, but women are terrified—rightly—that without Roe, and with Justice Clarence Thomas urging the Court to take on contraception, what comes next?
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Cecile Richards on How Hollywood Can Fight for Reproductive Rights: ‘This Is a National Health Crisis’

Click here to read the full article. Cecile Richards, a longtime activist for women’s rights and a former president of Planned Parenthood, has a message for shellshocked women of privilege in Hollywood: Speak out. As the harsh reality of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade sinks in, Richards is calling on entertainment industry leaders to share deeply personal stories of how family planning efforts have effected their lives. Richards, who led Planned Parenthood for a dozen years starting in 2006, asserted that industry insiders have an obligation to use their megaphones to draw attention to the urgency of...

Cecile Richards on the Roe Decision and Next Steps in the Fight for Abortion Rights

You have dreams: to go to college, play basketball, travel the world, open a bakery, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, teach chemistry, go to outer space, act on Broadway. For the past half-century, this was the promise for women in the United States. We had the right to decide when and whether to become mothers. We could finish school, find a career, and have a family when we were ready — a right that women have around the world.

Cecile Richards: Oklahoma abortion ban ‘cruel and inhumane’

Cecile Richards joins Garrett Haake to discuss a bill passed by the Oklahoma state legislature that bans abortion after “fertilization” that Richards says “would mean that Oklahoma would become the first state that could completely ban abortion, safe and legal abortion since Roe was decided.” She calls it “cruel and inhumane” particularly as many Texas women have traveled to Oklahoma for abortions since their home state enacted restrictions on the procedure last year.May 20, 2022.
Washington Post

Cecile Richards on the road ahead for the abortion rights movement

Good morning, Early Birds. It's Friday. Send us your best tips before heading off into the weekend: Thanks for waking up with us. In today’s edition … President Biden heads to Ohio … Rudy Giuliani won't speak to the House committee investigating Jan. 6 after all … Biden names a new White House press secretary … but first …

‘Cruel and harmful’: Cecile Richards on SCOTUS draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade

Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood, joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss a Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe. v. Wade published by POLITICO. Richards tells O’Donnell, the “willingness to trade off women’s rights for people’s own political views is sickening.” Michele Bratcher Goodwin and Dahlia Lithwick also join the conversation.May 3, 2022.

Cecile Richards: Roe decision ‘radically changed opportunities’ for women

Ahead of the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the future of the landmark case’s protections, which rest in the hands of a conservative Supreme Court. “The Roe decision just radically changed opportunities for people in this country and particularly women,” says Richards. “The Republican Party has made it their mission to overturn the right to make your own decision about your pregnancy and put it instead in the hands of government and politicians.”Jan. 21, 2022.

Cecile Richards on Roe v. Wade

Cecile Richards was president of Planned Parenthood and is now co-founder of Supermajority, a new organization fighting for gender equality. She speaks with Walter Isaacson about what the recent Mississippi and Texas abortion cases before the Supreme Court mean for women’s rights, the law and politics.

Women’s Rights Icon Cecile Richards Speaks at Awards Event

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas hosted the 31st annual Dallas Awards in unique style on Sept. 23. It raised a record-breaking $3.3 million during what organizers described as a challenging year for women’s health in Texas. Rather than the usual luncheon, the event co-chaired by Katherine Perot Reeves and Anne...

Women’s Right Activist Cecile Richards and Millions in Donations Highlight This Year’s Record-Breaking Planned Parenthood Luncheon

Katherine Perot Reeves, Anne Clayton Vroom (Kristina Bowman Photography) A new record of $3.3 million in donations was set at the recent Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ Annual Dallas Awards event co-chaired by Katherine Perot Reeves and Anne Clayton Vroom at the Winspear Opera House. Sally Dunning, the recipient of the 2021 Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award, was honored the evening before the annual event for her tireless work and the impact she’s had on the lives of countless Texans. That reception, which welcomed close to 60 VIP guests, was held at the Vroom’s home in their verdant garden.