When Cecile Richards left her role as the head of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, some touted her work at the organization:
It’s @cecilerichards‘ last day at @PPact, but the legacy she leaves behind is hard to overstate. #ThankYouCecile for your fearless leadership and inspiration in the fight to ensure equal access to health care! pic.twitter.com/0zN47oLdtj
— Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin) April 30, 2018
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) April 30, 2018
Today is @CecileRichards‘ last day at Planned Parenthood. There is no overstating how much good Cecile has done for American women, and what a force she’s been for a new generation of activists. #ThankYouCecile pic.twitter.com/sy8Nck28R5
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) April 30, 2018
#ThankYouCecile, for believing in @TeenVogue before anyone else did. I am forever in awe of your sterling leadership — and how you always stood your ground. Planned Parenthood has never been stronger, despite our current government…and YOU did that! Here’s to your future. pic.twitter.com/jQZyYPWGWn
— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) April 30, 2018
“There is no overstating how much good Cecile has done for American women,” feminist Jessica Valenti tweeted.
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But what exactly did that alleged “good” entail? While it’s true Richards’ organization likely provided services other than abortion during her 12-year tenure, the number of abortions she oversaw is perhaps the most shocking aspect of her leadership.
To put that number in perspective, roughly 625,000 American war deaths occurred during the Civil War, 405,399 in World War II, and 58,209 in the Vietnam War.
But for Richards, it’s unclear whether those unborn children were living human beings. Citing the opinions of OBGYNs, she reportedly told Playboy that “there is no specific moment when life begins.”
“It depends on the pregnancy, and that’s frankly why doctors and their patients should be in charge of these decisions and not government,” she said.