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Cecile Richards: “I Work Hard for My Salary” of $400,000

Posted by John Jansen (October 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm)

PP dollarsIn an interview published yesterday in the Oregon paper Williamette Week, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was asked about her annual salary — nearly $400,000 — and why Planned Parenthood has shied away from publicly commenting on the widespread belief that such an amount is a bit extravagant for the head of a non-profit organization that receives over $360 million of your tax dollars annually.

Richards’ answer: “I work hard for my salary.”

She continued her dismissive response by proclaiming, “Planned Parenthood is the most cost-effective provider of family planning services in this country.”

The interviewer apparently didn’t ask any follow-up questions. That’s a pity, because it would have been interesting to see how Richards would have responded if she’d been asked how she squares her belief about PP’s unparalleled cost-effectiveness with the recent finding that increasing government funding of Planned Parenthood has had zero effect on the rate of unintended pregnancy nationwide.

And it would have been particularly interesting to see how Richards would have responded had she been asked how, as government funding of Planned Parenthood has increased, the unintended pregnancy rate has gone up most dramatically among poor women—the very demographic that Planned Parenthood claims to help the most.

Does Planned Parenthood Believe Only Doctors Should Do Abortions?

It’s well known that Planned Parenthood always and everywhere opposes laws that require pregnant mothers to view an ultrasound of their fetus/baby before having an abortion. Here’s how Richards responded to another interview question related to this topic:

Legislators, most of whom will never be pregnant, [are] writing their own ideas about what doctors should be telling their patients. It assumes doctors aren’t responsible, that they have to be led by the legislature to tell women what to think. Most legislation being passed contains erroneous information. It’s not even medically accurate. It assumes that women won’t have the wherewithal to actually talk to their doctor about keeping a pregnancy or whatever alternatives there are.

Note that in her response, Richards uses the word “doctor” three times. Clearly, she is falling back on the pro-choice boilerplate that abortion should be a matter between a woman and her doctor.

So if Cecile Richards, as head of Planned Parenthood, is so concerned that a doctor has a role to play in a woman’s decision to seek abortion care have an abortion, you would think that Planned Parenthood would be leading the charge to ensure that every woman who has an abortion is able to talk to a doctor beforehand, and that a doctor will be the one to actually perform the abortion. (Currently, 10 states and the District of Columbia allow non-physicians to perform abortions [PDF]. So much for the “between a woman and her doctor” rhetoric.)

But wait.

When the Arizona legislature passed a law in 2009 that women who wanted abortions had to have an in-person consultation with a doctor 24 hours beforehand, and another law this year that only doctors would be allowed to perform abortions, guess who screamed the loudest in protest:

None other than Planned Parenthood Arizona — which still accounts for an astonishing 89.6% of abortions performed in the state, even though it has since had to stop doing abortions at seven of its facilities.

So while Cecile Richards will employ the “woman and her doctor” rhetoric when it’s convenient to do so, it’s plain to see that when Planned Parenthood tries to blocks legislation that requires doctors to be directly involved in the abortion process, her words are disingenuous and deceptive, and she needs to be called on it.

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5 Responses to “Cecile Richards: “I Work Hard for My Salary” of $400,000”

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  1. Whistleblower: Tex. Planned Parenthood Committed Medicaid Fraud « Pro-Life Hotline says:

    [...] Cecile Richards may rue the day she said these words in an interview last month with an Oregon newspaper. [...]

    November 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  2. Dhalgren says:

    The premise of this argument is utterly ridiculous. Only doctors or fellows can perform abortions or prescribe abortion medication. The Arizona state law requires women to be consulted by a doctor other than the one responsible for the termination to read a state-produced script about unfounded risks of termination. So yes, only doctors can do them and only doctors will continue to do so. PPFA’s stand on doctors is a sound one. The Arizona law intrudes upon the doctor-patient decision making process.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  3. Jerry Vilt says:

    An unborn baby has a right to live!

    NOT if:

    1. “doctor-patient” decides unborn baby should die.

    2. “doctor other than the one responsible for termination” decides unborn baby should die.

    3. “PPFA’s” decide unborn baby should die.

    4. “doctors or fellows” decide on abortion medication to kill the unborn baby.

    February 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm
  4. Rosario Falck says:

    You can certainly see your skills in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart. “He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts.” by Fletcher.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:19 am
  5. Pro-Lifers to Protest Planned Parenthood Event With Sandra Fluke | allfiredupmedia.com says:

    [...] been quite some time since we’ve had the chance to protest an appearance of Cecile “I work hard for my salary” Richards in our hometown of [...]

    April 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

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