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Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards comes by her troublemaking tendencies honestly. She’s the daughter of a civil rights lawyer and the late Ann Richards, outspoken governor of Texas. Raised in progressive causes and campaigns, Cecile Richards puts her many talents to use at Planned Parenthood, defending the organization against relentless partisan attacks and creating a cornerstone institution for the feminist movement in the process. Richards details her political and moral beliefs and the campaigns and battles that shaped her life. She makes strong arguments for Planned Parenthood and for women’s health and reproductive rights. She stands firmly in the US progressive liberal tradition. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends her important story of activism and determination to those interested in reproductive rights, politics and women’s leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What early influences shaped Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards,
  • How Planned Parenthood helps women and
  • How to organize for change.

About the Author

Cecile Richards has been president of both the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund since 2006. In 2010, she joined the Ford Foundation board of trustees.



Planned Parenthood Under Fire

In July 2015, anti-choice activists released a heavily edited video they said proved Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue. Cecile Richards, president of the organization, testified before Congress that September to defend it against a well-organized smear campaign. In that moment, facing enormous hostility, Richards drew strength from thinking of her wide network of supporters, her staff and the patients Planned Parenthood serves.

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