Statement on Cecile Richards Stepping Down as Planned Parenthood President
Reacting to news that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is stepping down from the organization, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins made the following statement: “Cecile Richards’ legacy is one of death and destruction for hundreds of thousands of preborn infants and pain, lasting harm, and regret for many hundreds of thousands of women. She leaves broken lives in her wake. Her departure is evidence of the collapsing abortion industry, whose ugly reality was revealed in the horrific Center for Medical Progress undercover videos in which ghoulish Planned Parenthood workers and vendors gloated about the money they were making. Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion. Yet Richards has deceived the American people about the harmful impacts of abortion and the ugly realities of the predatory industry that she leads. Thankfully their own reports show that Planned Parenthood is losing patients.”
“Momentum is on the side of life, as the Students for Life National Conference just illustrated. Last weekend, we trained almost three times as many students in one day than the billion-dollar Planned Parenthood trained in a year, according to their recent annual report.
“Richard bragged that Planned Parenthood started 50 new campus groups, but Students for Life started nearly 120 last year, and now has more than 1,200 student groups on campuses in all 50 states. Planned Parenthood reports training 750 young activists from 11 cities while Students for Life trained nearly 11,000 students from across the country. The pro-life generation clearly has more energy, passion, and motivation to defund Planned Parenthood.”
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