Planned Parenthood President: My Children’s Lives Began ‘When I Delivered Them’

RichardsIn a recent interview with Fusion TV, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards stated that she believes her children’s lives began at the time of delivery.

Richards was being interviewed on the broadcast America with Jorge Ramos, who posed a question regarding Richards’ personal views on when life begins.

“For you, when does life start?” Ramos asked. “When does a human being become a human being?”

“This is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries and people come down on very different points of view on that,” Richards replied.

“But for you, what’s that point?” Ramos again inquired.

Richards, in dodging the question, began to struggle with how to articulate her answer.

“I mean, it’s not something that I feel like is really part of this conversation,” she said. “I think every woman has to make her own decision.”

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“What we do at Planned Parenthood is make sure that women have all their options for health care,” Richards continued. “They have an option to have a healthy pregnancy. They have an option to put up a child for adoption if they decide to carry a pregnancy to term, or they have a right to make a decision to terminate a pregnancy.”

Ramos, noting that his question had not been answered, then asked Richards why she would not state when she believes that life begins.

“Why would it be so controversial for you to say when you think life starts?” he inquired.

“I don’t know if it’s controversial,” Richards replied. “I don’t know that it’s really relevant to the conversation.”

“But, I mean, for me, I’m a mother of three children,” she continued. “For me, life began when I delivered them. They’ve been probably the most important thing in my life ever since. But that’s my own personal decision.”

As previously reported, a recent report from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America outlined that the organization performed 327,166 abortions during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Planned Parenthood cited that there were 2,197 adoption referrals during the period, equating to 149 abortions for every one referral.

Planned Parenthood was founded in 1921 by Margaret Sanger, which was originally known as the American Birth Control League. She later changed the name as some found it offensive.

“We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,” Sanger once said, who was reportedly a staunch advocate of eugenics. “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Sanger was also the publisher of the newspaper The Woman Rebel, which she subtitled “No Gods, no masters.”


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  • Sir Tainly

    It’s not hard to understand why a president of an organization such as planned parenthood would balk when asked for her personal opinion. She wasn’t there to offer personal insight, she was there to speak as the president of Planned Parenthood. Some of you I do believe are reading way too much into her initial hesitation.

    As to her personal beliefs lining up with her public policy stance, I think she comes out of this just fine. Her personal choices and beliefs line up perfectly with what she desires to offer other women, a choice! She certainly comes out of this much better than that pro-family Senator that was caught cruising an airport men’s room for a little action. 😀

    • Eddie

      Say do you have any children? Just curious aren’t you glad you were not sported? Oh and how is it that a Spotted Owl chic is a chick even inside the egg yet a human baby is not until it is born? And as far as choice goes that babies right to life liberty and happiness out weighs it’s mother’s right of convenience. Also despite liberal rhetoric more than 3/4 of abortions are a repeat procedure!

      • Sir Tainly

        Yes, yes, don’t care about eggs as long as I can eat them without any crunching, you are entitled to your choice and so are they, , I try to avoid rhetoric…I am pro-choice.

  • Edward Borges-Silva

    Sir Tainly Her personal insight informs her role as president of Planned Parenthood. One would naturally expect her personal beliefs to line up with her public policy stance, to do otherwise would be absurd. In a sense the question was pointless. That said, the scientific and medical facts demonstrate clearly at what point life begins…conception. There are no semantic gymnastics which can nullify it. Let’s be intellectually honest, women are choosing to kill their own children because they are deemed to be an inconvenience. Abortion is ultimately one of the most selfish human acts possible.

    • James J. Grimes

      Excellent statement. You got to the point exactly.

    • Sir Tainly

      So she is clearly pro-choice, not pro-abortion…at least her three kids make that plainly obvious.

      The question was an attempt to draw her out to share her personal views, which she did after a bit of hesitation.

      Too bad God did not even bother with even one tiny ordinance banning abortion.. Because they were being done even in Moses’ time and Moses was said to have mastered all the Egyptians had to teach him…I guess He (Moses…God…either one works here)does not share either of your other opinions….unless you think that God blew it when he didn’t mention “one of the most selfish human acts (your words not mine) possible. Too bad He didn’t ask your counsel first….why!? You could have eliminated God’s oversight, huh? 😀

      • Lt

        Lets actually look at Gods word.. Exodus 21:22 if men fight and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the women’s husband imposes on him; and if ANY harm follows, then you shall give LIFE FOR LIFE, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, and wound for wound. I wonder how any person performing these abortions or women deciding on then would feel if they had their limbs pulled off thief bodies, injected with corrosive chemicals that burn through the skin, or a pair of scissors torn through the back of their skull to severe their brain stem, huh? Pretty barbaric don’t you think? And this is what we do to God’s beautiful creation, disgusting..