Poor liberal snowflakes. First, they lost the election. Now, they’re losing their influence with the new administration — and few organizations are more worried about this than Planned Parenthood.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards admitted that “no one really knows” how the abortion lobby can make it under a Republican Congress and with President Donald Trump in the White House, admitting that the organization was slowly failing to implement its agenda under the current climate.
“The stakes have become quite clear recently, and they’re very high,” Richards said in an interview published Tuesday. “The patients I talk to are terrified they’re going to lose their access to health care, and docs and clinicians are terrified that this Senate is going block the women with the least access to health care from getting any at all.”
Of course, they may be better off going literally anywhere else than Planned Parenthood, since as we’ve learned recently, the group provides very little in the way of prenatal services and some centers don’t even provide prenatal service at all. However, if you want to get an abortion (or just some some fetal tissue) Planned Parenthood your go-to organization.
“The truth is, no one really knows what will make a difference anymore,” Richards said. “But that’s why we have to do everything we can.”
She also expressed concern over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
“Quite clearly, the Supreme Court is an enormous risk,” Richards said. She added she had “no hope” in Neil Gorsuch, an endorsement to conservative ears if I’ve ever heard one.
“It is really frightening to think we would go back to a time when we were fighting about access to birth control in women’s insurance plans,” Richards continued. “Or that you would let your boss decide whether or not you could get it.”
It’s worth pointing out that when she says that your boss could “decide whether or not you could get it,” what she actually means is that she believes religious organizations and corporations should not be able to deny birth control to women even if it’s against their religious beliefs.
Of course, they’ve already lost this case — most notably in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby — but Richards is far from the only liberal to hope that a vacancy on the Supreme Court would mean that the time-honored legal principle of res judicata could be thrown out the window so that they could relitigate the case and get a judgment more amenable to their agenda.
It’s hardly a surprise that, as The Daily Caller reports, Richards is a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s. Until Nov. 8, she was no doubt looking to have some input in who was going to be appointed to the bench. Now, she sounds like she hardly knows how her organization will navigate the political climate for at least the next four years.
Music to our ears, I say.
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