5 Outstanding Cecile Richards Quotes From The Planned Parenthood President's Op-Ed That Will Reassure You

Since anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress began releasing hidden-camera videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing the use of fetal tissue for medical research two weeks ago, the healthcare provider has been under attack by anti-abortion activists across the country and in Congress. The videos purport to show Planned Parenthood employees talking about selling fetal body parts, which is illegal. But the recorded conversations are actually about the very legal practice of giving fetal tissue over to medical researchers. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote a powerful op-ed in The Washington Post on Wednesday that not only responds to all the hate her organization has been receiving, but also reassures readers that American women that Planned Parenthood will not stop providing essential health care.

With the Senate planning to vote on a bill that would end the $500 million of federal money given to Planned Parenthood each year, the health provider's future seems a little shaky. As Richards points out in her op-ed, those funds go toward breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and wellness exams for low-and-middle-income women. Because of the Hyde Amendment, no federal funding goes toward abortion services.

Here are the best quotes from Richards' Washington Post op-ed, which will calm your fears about the future of Planned Parenthood and make you proud to be a supporter.

On Uncovering Wrongdoing

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On Creating Panic

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On Attacking Women

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On Political Statements

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On The Future

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