Goodbye, Witch: Cecile Richards to Resign as President of Planned Parenthood
According to a report from BuzzFeed News, Cecile Richards is stepping down as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood after a decade as the public face of the country’s largest abortion mill. In her tenure as president of the organization, Richards was responsible for not only popularizing and normalizing abortion but also for shifting Planned Parenthood’s operational focus to the procedure. As many pro-life leaders are (hesitantly) celebrating the end of her reign, they are also shedding light on the carnage over which Richards presided.
Former Planned Parenthood facility director-turned-pro-life activist Abby Johnson said that despite claims before Congress, Richards had done more than any of her predecessors to turn the organization away from women’s healthcare and towards abortion as a central mission.
“If Cecile Richards is indeed resigning her position as president of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, she leaves a trail of misery in her wake,” said Johnson. “Over 2.5 million babies aborted on her watch, a decrease of 51% in breast cancer screenings, a grand total of zero mammograms, a drop of 65% in pap smears, and an organization that has eschewed healthcare in favor of building a political movement by serving 670,540 less patients since 2006.”
The timing of Richards’ departure may be significant. Thanks to an administration that could not have cared less about the corrupt and illegal practices of Planned Parenthood, the (cough, cough) nonprofit managed to escape charges in 2015, when undercover journalists proved the organization was illegally profiting off the sale of fetal tissue. But the Trump administration’s Justice Department has re-opened the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices, leading some to wonder if Richards is abandoning ship before indictments are served.
Even if that isn’t the case, there’s no doubt that the Trump White House (and a GOP-controlled Congress) takes a much less favorable view of Planned Parenthood’s federal grants than the Obama administration did. It could be that we’re entering an era where it will be much more difficult to run an abortion mill like it’s the 21st century’s answer to McDonalds. Richards may simply want to retire before all of her “gains” in American politics are thrown onto the scrapheap.
Or hell, maybe she wants to run for president.
Whatever the case may be, Richards’ departure does not mean that the deterioration of Planned Parenthood is imminent. Without a doubt, the organization will be looking to replace her with someone of a similar mindset, if not an outright protégé. The American abortion industry is going to scratch, claw, and fight to keep their most profitable monstrosity growing, no matter who serves as the public face of that battle.