Cecile Richards is the president of Planned Parenthood. She sat down with Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the role of the abortion provider under a Trump administration.
During her response, Richards said that since Planned Parenthood is a ‘non-partisan’ organization, they’ll work with anyone, and they’re hopeful that they’ll be able to work out a “deal” with President Trump.
Sure they’re ‘non-partisan,’ but they just happen to be in a symbiotic relationship with every Democrat and no Republican.
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I hope there’s no “deal” that Trump or anyone in his administration or the Congress would agree to, except that Planned Parenthood will have to operate completely on their own without the benefit of taxpayer money.
Here’s how Richards’ exchange with the Morning Joe co-host went:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MSNBC: What do you make of this new administration? This new president? And would you meet with him? Or Ivanka who will be closely involved in women’s issues?
CECILE RICHARDS, PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Well we definitely are hoping that they will look at the important decisions that have to be made about women’s health care including Planned Parenthood. I know that the president himself during the campaign said favorable things about the millions of women who are helped by Planned Parenthood.
I think the important thing here and again I hope the administration maybe is looking at this is, for women this is basic health care. This is not a political statement. And if we really want to do something to build on the progress of reducing unintended pregnancy, reducing even the abortion rate in the United States, reducing teen pregnancy we should actually double down on family planning, including access to Planned Parenthood.
BRZEZINSKI: But you realize you have to cut a deal of some sort with this new administration in some way? Would you come to the table?
RICHARDS: We’re always at the table. I mean we talk to everybody. I mean because Planned Parenthood, we’re non-partisan. We believe the most important thing is that women in this country get access to the health care that they need.