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Planned Parenthood Chief Announces Resignation

By    |   Friday, 26 January 2018 12:14 PM

Cecile Richards has resigned as president of Planned Parenthood.

"Twelve years ago, I joined Planned Parenthood to fight for a world where every woman can live her best life," Richards said in a video posted on the organization’s Twitter account. "And together we built a movement to protect and improve reproductive health. And I could not be prouder.

"Today, I am announcing that I will be stepping down from my position as president of Planned Parenthood this year."

As president, Richards has been the most visible spokesperson for the organization and has repeatedly been called on to defend it, NPR noted.

"It's a shame to think that there are people in this country who are so committed to ending women's access to both birth control, and safe and legal abortion, that they'll really resort to any means to try to entrap people, twist the truth, in order to reach their ends," Richards told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in 2015.

Her remarks came after the release of recorded sting videos by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, according to NPR. The group had accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts.

But Richards maintained the videos were deliberately misleading.

The Hill noted that anti-abortion groups had ramped up their efforts in recent years to try to stop federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood. The website said Republican lawmakers had attempted to defund the organization last year, but failed.

Planned Parenthood officials are expected to detail the organization’s future plans next week.

"This is a very sad legacy, and I hope that whoever comes after (Richards) will reconsider the direction and mission of Planned Parenthood," said Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, which opposes abortion rights.

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