The president of Planned Parenthood is urging Democrats to make a stand on abortion. She is also pushing back against some comments made by the party’s chairman campaign arm.
Richards on Luján
Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman. Last month he stated Democrats would not withhold financial support for candidates who oppose abortion rights. He also said that there would be no more litmus tests for candidates as they are looking to get a winning roster for the 2018 elections. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, had a lot to say on the subject.
“It’s a shocking sort of misunderstanding of actually where the country is … which is overwhelmingly supportive of abortion rights and also, who are the ground troops that kind of fuel the election of candidates,” Cecile Richards told Politico. Richards said she believes people can distinguish between “their own personal feelings and what they believe government or politicians should do.” “And people even in some of the most conservative areas of the country who may themselves personally say, ‘I would never choose to have an abortion,’ or, ‘That’s not something that’s right for me,’ also, absolutely do not believe politicians should be making decisions about pregnancy for women,” Richards said. “I think he’s totally wrong and I’ll use every opportunity to convince him of that,” she added, referring to Luján.
She also went after the Trump administration for its abhorrent actions on women. “It’s actually what are the actions we’re seeing and what we’ve seen out of this administration from the day one have had both barrels aimed at women.” Richards thinks more women should be in the 2020 presidential run. “I don’t know who, but I think there’s a number of qualified women, and it would help. I know the difference it makes.”
Source: The Hill