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Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards claimed Monday evening, at a conference in D.C., that progressives can’t “take back political power if we don’t also stand up every single day for reproductive healthcare including safe and legal abortion in America.”
The conference was hosted by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), an organization that “supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country.”
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The remark was likely prompted by some recent discussion within the Democratic party over whether abortion should be a litmus test for candidates. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Lujan maintained that there is no such litmus test for candidates after DNC Chair Tom Perez said in April that support for abortion was non-negotiable.
Richards went on to say that “women have been in the crosshairs of this administration since day one,” referencing the Trump administration’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and, more recently, Trump’s broadening of religious freedom exemptions for employers with religious and moral objections to covering contraception under Obamacare.
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“The Trump administration managed to go after the one thing that basically everyone in this country likes and you know what that is? Birth control,” Richards said.
“I don’t think these guys understand that birth control, some of them think it’s a kind of social issue,” she continued. “Do you know that the average woman in America spends five years getting pregnant, having kids and spends an average of 30 years trying not to have children? Okay, that’s a lot of healthcare.”
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Richards did not address the actual religious objections that led to lawsuits against the Obama administration from a host of religious groups, including a...
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