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Cecile Richards: Planned Parenthood More Popular Than Ever

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 12:48 PM

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Thursday she is optimistic about her organization, which has "never been more popular," but she is concerned its funding is in jeopardy because of Republicans' control of Congress.

"We just hit 10 million supporters," Richards told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The reason we are popular is because one in five women in the country come to us for healthcare. What we are concerned about is when [House Speaker] Paul Ryan said the second day of the Congress he was going to move to block women from coming to Planned Parenthood."

Ryan has stated women have other options for healthcare services, but Thursday, Richards pointed out Planned Parenthood does not get blanket funding from the federal government.

"We work like every other hospital or healthcare provider and get reimbursed for the services we provide, which are all preventive," Richards said. "This is birth control, cancer screenings.

"As Paul Ryan knows, the federal government does not pay for abortion funding and hasn't for years, and years, and years. What he is talking about doing is talking about the women to not come to us for the care and the unintended pregnancy in the first place."

Richards said the organization has had "great support" from some Republicans, and many Republicans in fact are Planned Parenthood patients.

"They think this is about draining the swamp and creating jobs, not taking away access to healthcare," Richards said of calls to cut Planned Parenthood's payments. "We have three centers in Paul Ryan's district that provide cancer screening. Women are concerned. They were concerned about losing their access to family planning."

And even while there are others that provide care, health centers are saying they cannot absorb the millions of patients from Planned Parenthood that could lose services.

"We are the expert in birth control," Richards said. "One thing that is important, we are at a record low for teenage pregnancy in the United States of America. A 30-year low for unplanned pregnancy. We are doing a better job of family planning.

"We have 55 million women under the Affordable Care Act getting low-cost birth control. Those things matter to women's lives, regardless of political party. That is what we are trying to emphasize to Speaker Ryan."

President Donald Trump has also said "favorable things" about how Planned Parenthood helps millions of women, Richards said, and she hopes the administration will look at the organization as a healthcare provider.

"If we want to do something to build on the progress of reducing unintended pregnancy, reducing the abortion rate in the United States, reducing teen pregnancy, we should double down on family planning, including access to Planned Parenthood," Richards said.

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Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Thursday she is optimistic about her organization, which has "never been more popular," but she is concerned its funding is in jeopardy because of Republicans' control of Congress.
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