Cecile Richards announced on Friday that she's stepping down from her position as president of Planned Parenthood. She's been at the organization, which is the largest provider of abortions in the United States, for more than a decade.
Richards announced the departure via her Twitter account. She posted a video, revealing that she will no longer be at Planned Parenthood.
60-year-old Richards, whose salary to run the "nonprofit" has ballooned to nearly $1 million annually, is currently working on a memoir titled "Make Trouble," set for publication in April, reported The Daily Wire.
The BuzzFeed report that broke the news celebrated how Richards "greatly expanded the organization’s fundraising and organizing capabilities—and helped raise its profile through celebrity-oriented campaigns and increased political participation" during her tenure. They failed to note that during her time, well over 3 million babies have been killed at Planned Parenthood.
Richards rose to public notoriety among scandal at Planned Parenthood. The scandal surrounded the abortion providers selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
In 2015, secretly recorded videos from the Center for Medical Progress seemingly confirmed the scandal, showing Planned Parenthood officials haggling over prices of body parts and discussing changes in abortion procedures to keep "intact fetal cadavers."
In a statement regarding the news of Richards' possible departure, pro-life leader and former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson wrote:
"If Cecile Richards is indeed resigning her position as president of the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, she leaves a trail of misery in her wake — over 2.5 million babies aborted on her watch, a decrease of 51% in breast cancer screenings, a grand total of zero mammograms, a drop of 65% in pap smears, and an organization that has eschewed healthcare in favor of building a political movement by serving 670,540 less patients since 2006," said Johnson.
Johnson, who heads And Then There Were None, which helps people exit the abortion industry, added: "As an organization that helps abortion workers leave their jobs, we would love to hear from Cecile as she exits the industry and have her hear from former workers of her organization—and how leaving was the best choice they made," she continued. "As a powerful woman, she has the capability to stand up for women and their families without relying on the lie that abortion is good for them and empowers them, when in reality it does the opposite. We hope she decides to use that power for good and not the evil that Planned Parenthood as perpetuated on women for a century."
CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance, also issued a statement about Richards' retirement.
"Under the leadership of Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood has grown to push one agenda—abortion above all else—while throwing aside any inkling of actual medical care. Cancer screenings and STD testing have all declined under her reign," she said.
"Under Cecile's leadership, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for refusing to report statutory rape and abuse, for aiding sex traffickers, for taking money to abort black babies, and for illegally profiting off of the body parts they have aborted. Ms. Richards leaves the organization just as the FBI is investigating likely criminal actions by the abortion giant," continued Nance.
"If Planned Parenthood is serious about standing up for the women they claim to represent, they will hire someone who understands medicine and accepts the facts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. This is their chance to turn the organization around for the good and actually help women, instead of constantly telling them they cannot fulfill their dreams without abortion," she added.
Richards posted a series of tweets about her time at Planned Parenthood. They revealed exactly how little respect she has for the unborn—or understanding of their innate humanity.
On Thursday night during an appearance on The Daily Show, Richards discussed the possibility of a future run for office:
"I don't know what my future holds, but I do know I've been fortunate enough to be kind of a troublemaker my whole life; I was raised by a troublemaker, the late great governor of Texas, Ann Richards— and, as my friend, Congressman John Lewis, would say, good trouble, I hope. So whatever I do, in my lifetime, I've always been incredibly privileged to be able, I hope, make a difference in the lives of folks who may just need a break. So that's my hope for my future," said Richards according to an article by Vogue.
In an interview with the New York Times, she explained where she sees her future heading.
"Ms. Richards said she planned to pour herself into the midterm elections, fund-raising and campaigning for Democrats, and advising the expected record number of women candidates," said the report.
Richards added: "As a lifetime organizer, I’ve never been more excited, despite this Congress and this presidency,” she said in the first interview in which she confirmed and discussed her departure. “There’s this kind of organic activism by women.”
Once again, she was asked if she would run. She replied in the negative, but the New York Times noted that the answer was not "entirely convincing."
“I’m not thinking of running for anything,” she said.
We can hope that this is the truth. Cecile Richards in public office is the last thing America needs.