Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA's political arm. Cecile writes about election issues as the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She is a leader in national progressive politics with more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of reproductive freedom and social justice.

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 3:06pm
Dispatch from Austin
The Texas Legislature is back at the Capitol today, trying to pass a bill that would wipe out access to safe and legal abortion for millions of women in the state.
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Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8:05am
States Should Not Curb Health Care for Women
Every woman, no matter what her zip code is, should have access to affordable, quality health care. It seems like a simple enough proposition, but for far too many women, it is far from true — and for some, it is becoming less so every day.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 2:32pm
Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health?
An alarming set of bills is about to move to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk as soon as today. Pushed through by lame-duck legislators who are about to leave office, these bills would make Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation on women's health.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 10:57am
Governor Mitch Daniels' Women Problem Is the GOP's, Too
Governor Mitch Daniels' recent decision to pass on a presidential run should serve as a warning to all Republican leaders. Governor Daniels said that his wife and daughters had "veto power" over the decision. But that verbal nod to both family and women was starkly at odds with the anti-women, anti-family, anti-health care agenda that all the Republican contenders are being asked to sign off on as a condition of their candidacy. And voters are noticing -- particularly the independent-minded women who are actually going to be deciding the 2012 elections.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:13am
Health Care and the Healing of America
In the wake of the tragic shooting last week in Arizona, President Obama called on all Americans to speak to one another "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." These words echo the physicians' credo -- "first do no harm." I welcome the president's call for healing and for softening the harsh tone of our politics. We have a great need for this in America today.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:26am
Can You Hear Me Yet?
[Yesterday's] Washington Post features yet another article about the failure of abstinence-only sex education programs, which have been one of the best-funded far right programs under the Bush administration. At last count, the US government has spent more than $1.5 billion on programs that promote "abstinence only until marriage."
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 1:38pm
A Winning Night for Women
It is hard to overstate the landslide victory for women last night. The election of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden spells the end of eight long years of an administration that used every legislative, judicial, and administrative weapon in its arsenal to attack women's health and rights. With a Supreme Court poised on the knife-edge of turning back decades of progress for women, we will now have leadership who support everything from equal pay to reproductive rights - providing the opportunity to appoint judges who share these convictions.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:13pm
Message to McCain: Prevention Works
A tried and true tactic of the far right is to inject abortion into the presidential campaign as a divisive tactic. Their goal is twofold: to obscure the broader issue of reproductive and preventive health care and to politicize private, personal decisions made by women and families.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 3:06pm
Just the Facts Ma'am
My college-aged daughter Lily, home for the summer, ran into the kitchen early Friday morning with The New York Times in her hand in disbelief. "Mom, have you seen this? It's just wrong." She opened the paper and pointed to an op-ed titled " Why Pro-Choice Is a Bad Choice for Democrats " by Melinda Henneberger. Lily couldn't be more right. And Henneberger couldn't be more wrong.
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