Cecile Richards

  • Aired:  03/07/12
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President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards believes that birth control is a health topic, not a religious topic, for 99% of American women. (5:57)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, SHE IS THE

PRESIDENT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

AND PRESIDENT OF PLANNED

PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

CECILE RICHARDS.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

HOW ARE YOU?

>> FANTASTIC.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN

WATCHING THE NEWS RECENTLY.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: THERE IS A TREMENDOUS

DISCUSSION GOING ON IN THIS

COUNTRY RIGHT NOW ON WOMEN'S

HEALTH ISSUES, CONTRACEPTION,

MAINLY AMONGST I GUESS-YEAR-OLD

CALL THEM PENISSED AMERICANS.

SO WE THOUGHT WHY NOT BRING IN

SOMEONE WITHOUT A PENIS TO

DISCUSS HOW IT AFFECTS THE

PEOPLE THAT IT ACTUALLY ARE

BEING TALKED ABOUT.

>> THAT'S BIG OF YOU.

AND IT'S GREAT.

>> Jon: LET ME SAY THIS.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

NO, HAS THAT BEEN ODD TO WATCH?

>> IT'S INCREDIBLE.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE TO

SEE NOW, WELL, FIRST THAT BIRTH

CONTROL ITSELF IS A TOPIC OF

POLITICAL DEBATE IN THIS

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

>> Jon: YOU MEAN RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY.

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, YEAH, I MEAN,

FOR WOMEN, OBVIOUSLY BIRTH

CONTROL IS NOT A RELIGIOUS

TOPIC, IT'S A HEALTH TOPIC, AND

99% OF WOMEN IN AMERICA USE IT.

AND AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD WE

PROVIDE BIRTH CONTROL TO

MILLIONS OF WOMEN EVERY YEAR.

SO I THINK THEY'RE MYSTIFIED BY

WHAT THE CONTROVERSY IS ALL

ABOUT.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: ARE YOU... DOES THIS

PUT... WHAT IS THIS... DO YOU

FEAR THAT YOU'RE GOING BACK INTO

A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE TO HAVE

THE CONTRACEPTION CONVERSATION

ALL OVER AGAIN, THAT THAT WAS

BATTLE THAT WAS FOUGHT?

>> YOU WOULD THINK SO, AGAIN,

SINCE EVERYONE USES IT NOW, AND

ACTUALLY THE EXCITING THING IS

FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE THINK

WOMEN ACTUALLY WILL GET FINALLY

BIRTH CONTROL COVERED BY THEIR

INSURANCE PLANS, WHICH IS A

GREAT HEALTH... IT'S A GREAT

ADVANCE FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH.

IT'S A GREAT ECONOMIC ISSUE FOR

WOMEN, BUT IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL

PRIMARY, THIS SORT OF RACE TO

THE BOTTOM WHERE EVERY

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ON THE

REPUBLICAN SIDE IS TRYING THE

SAY, I WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY THE

WORST FOR WOMEN, INCLUDING BEING

OPPOSED TO BIRTH CONTROL

COVERAGE.

I THINK THE LAST TIME WE

ACTUALLY... THAT BIRTH CONTROL

WAS A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC WAS

DURING PROHIBITION.

>> Jon: '60s AND '70s IT

WAS AN ISSUE.

ISN'T THAT WHEN GRISWOLD WAS

DECIDED?

>> YES, ACTUALLY FOR THE FIRST

TIME MARRIED COUPLES COULD USE

BIRTH CONTROL LEGALLY.

>> THE INTERESTING THING TO ME

IS HOW IT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO BE

AN ISSUE ABOUT WOMEN WANTING

SOMEONE TO PAY FOR THEM TO HAVE

SEX OR MONEY COMING OUT OF OTHER

PEOPLE'S POCKETS SO WOMEN CAN

HAVE SEX, IT STRIKES ME AS A

VERY INTERESTING DIRECTION TO

TAKE THE CONVERSATION.

>> IT'S ACTUALLY REALLY HARD

TO... I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I CAN

RESPOND TO THAT.

YEAH, YEAH.

>> Jon: I CAN.

I DID ON THE SHOW EARLIER.

>> AND THANKS FOR COVERING THIS

ISSUE.

FOR WOMEN, LOOK, AT PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, WE SEE ONE IN FIVE

WOMEN IN AMERICA AS SOME POINT

IN THEIR LIFETIME.

THIS LAST YEAR I THINK I'VE

HEARD FROM EVERY SINGLE ONE OF

THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE ASTOUNDED

WE'RE REDEBATING ISSUES THAT

HAVE BEEN SETTLED FOR A LONG

TIME.

>> Jon: THE CARICATURE OF

PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THIS IDEA

OF AN ABORTION FACTORY WHERE THE

IDEA IS THAT'S HOW YOU MAKE YOUR

MONEY AND YOU'LL SET UP A

DRIVE-THROUGH AND THERE'S NO

THOUGHTFULNESS, THERE'S NO

MORALITY TO IT.

IT IS, YOU KNOW, THAT IS THE

TYPE OF EVIL PLACE THAT IT IS.

WHAT'S THE REALITY OF THE PLACE?

WHAT'S THE MANDATE?

-THE REALITY IS WE'RE THE

LARGEST FAMILY PROVIDEER IN THE

AMERICA AND WE DO MORE TO

PREVENT UNINTENDED PREGNANCY

THAN ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION IN

THIS COUNTRY.

>> Jon: WHAT WOULD BE

SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK MAYBE

YOUR CRITICS WOULD BE VERY

SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT.

>> MORE THAN 90% OF OUR SERVICES

ARE PREVENTATIVE CARE.

WE PROVIDE MORE THAN TWO MILLION

FOLKS WITH BIRTH CONTROL EACH

YEAR, BUT WE DO MORE THAN

750,000 PAP SMEARS EVERY YEAR,

BREAST EXAMS FOR WOMEN.

>> Jon: ON DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

NOT... OBVIOUSLY THAT WOULDN'T

BE RIGHT TO DO TO ONE PERSON.

>> NO, THAT'S RIGHT.

ACTUALLY, THE GREAT THING ABOUT

PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS WE'RE ALL

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND WHAT'S

FOR MANY WOMEN, WE ARE THEIR

ONLY MEDICAL PROVIDER.

WE ARE THEIR DOCTOR.

ON THE ONE DOCTOR VISIT THEY GET

A YEAR IS PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

THAT'S WHY THERE'S BEEN THIS

GROUNDSWELL OF CONCERN WHEN

POLITICIANS ARE SAYING WE'RE

GOING TO END NOT ONLY PLANNED

PARENTHOOD BUT ALL FAMILY

PLANNING IN AMERICA.

>> Jon: WHAT DO YOU THINK, IF

PLANNED PARENTHOOD WAS ONE OF

THOSE THINGS THAT WAS PUT TO A

VOTE IN AMERICA, I GET THE SENSE

THAT IT WOULD BE...

>> I THINK WE'D WIN.

>> Jon: IT WOULD BE A PRETTY

POPLAR PLACE IN LOCAL

COMMUNITIESEN IT SEEMS LIKE

PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT BETTER THAN

ON THE NATIONAL STAGE.

>> ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, JON.

IN FACT, AS I SAID, ONE IN FIVE

WOMEN HAVE BEEN TO PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, SO THEY KNOW WHAT WE

DO.

NOT THAT I'M COMPETITIVE, BUT I

DID JUST SEE SOME NATIONAL

POLLING.

69% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT

ONLY SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD

BUT BELIEVE WE SHOULD GET PUBLIC

FUNDING TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES

THAT WE DO.

CONGRESS APPROVAL RATING

HOVERING AROUND 10%.

SO IF IT REALLY CAME DOWN TO WHO

DO YOU THINK IS ON YOUR SIDE AS

A WOMAN AND FAMILY, I THINK

FOLKS WOULD VOTE FOR PLANNED

PARENTHOOD.

[APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WHO WOULD YOU BE

RUNNING AGAINST AGAIN?

DO YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES TO

STICK AROUND?

WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE

WITH CECILE RICHARDS FROM

PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

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