— Cecile Richards is planning to step down as president of Planned Parenthood according to BuzzFeed
and reported by the Daily Caller, Huffington Post
, and Cosmopolitan
. Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League and founder of Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP), released the following comment:
While we have no independent knowledge at this time on Cecile’s plans, it would not be a surprise to us if she decided to step down. In November 2016, it was obvious that Richards was devastated by the results of the presidential election. In communications with the Planned Parenthood organization the next day, she seemed distraught.
Since then, things have not gotten any better. Two congressional committees have recommended to the Justice Department that the federal government initiate a criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood. The Justice Department appears to be doing just that.
In addition, Planned Parenthood continues to close dozens of facilities each year, even while the organization receives record income and high profits. Since Richards assumed the presidency in February 2006, Planned Parenthood has gone from 872 facilities to 597 – a 32-percent loss of its presence in communities across the United States. Its client base has gone from 3.1 million to 2.4 million.
As the nation’s primary monitor of Planned Parenthood activities, we are watching this situation closely and will have further comments as things develop.
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