Planned Parenthood President Says She ‘Doesn’t Know’ When Unborn Have Constitutional Rights

RichardsAMES, Iowa — The president of the abortion and birth control giant Planned Parenthood told an Iowa radio station this week that she doesn’t know when a baby has constitutional rights, and that it’s “not the problem we are facing in America.”

Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, has been campaigning this week in Iowa for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and on Tuesday was interviewed by WHO Newsradio.

During the conversation, host Doug Wagner noted that Hillary Clinton has stated that the unborn don’t have constitutional rights under the law, and asked if Richards believes it should stay that way.

“Is that something that needs to be changed in your opinion, or should we be fine with an unborn person not having constitutional rights?” Wagner asked.

“Abortion is a very personal issue for folks, and we work at Planned Parenthood to make sure that every woman has all the information that she needs and access to health care,” Richards said. “People really believe that women should be able to make their own decisions about their pregnancy, whether that is to have a child, whether that is to give the child up for adoption … or to terminate the pregnancy.”

“Those are decisions that are best made by women and not by politicians,” she continued. “I think what we need to do, and we can do, and I certainly think Hillary Clinton would do as president, is to ensure that everyone has access to the healthcare they need and that we can work to do to reduce unintended pregnancy, which is the basic problem in the first place.”

Richards opined that under a Trump/Pence presidency, birth control would be less available to women.

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“Okay, but I didn’t get an answer to the question with regard to the unborn person, and there is no unconstitutional rights,” Wagner noted. “At what point does that child, that unborn person or fetus—whatever you want to call it—at what point does that baby get the constitutional rights?”

“Well, I don’t really actually—I don’t know that there’s an exact answer for that,” Richards replied. “There are, as you know, restrictions on women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy and when they can, but until a pregnancy is viable they have the right to make that decision.”

“I think it really—Honestly that’s not the problem we are facing in America,” she deflected. “What we are facing in America is the fact that women in many states have fewer rights to access basic health care. And again, I think it’s really important that we be honest here about birth control. … To me, that’s what government should be focused on.”

Wagner stated that he wasn’t talking about the pregnancy per se, but about the constitutional right of the unborn person that is “separate and distinct.”

As previously reported, this past April, Clinton had been asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to provide her “straightforward position on the issue of abortion.”

“My position is in line with Roe v. Wade, that women have a constitutional right to make these moment intimate and personal and difficult decisions based on their conscience, their faith, their family, their doctor,” she replied. “And that it is something that really goes to the core of privacy. And I want to maintain that constitutional protection.”

Host Chuck Todd then asked Clinton if unborn children have rights, and if so, to outline when. She replied by referring to the unborn as persons, but asserted that they don’t have rights under the U.S. Constitution.

“Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” she said.

Sanger's newsletter "The Woman Rebel."
Sanger’s newsletter “The Woman Rebel.”

Planned Parenthood, originally known as the Birth Control League, was founded by Margaret Sanger, who also authored the newsletter “The Woman Rebel: No Gods, No Masters.”

“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” she wrote in “Woman and the New Race. “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”

Just last week, Democrats in the Senate proposed a resolution to celebrate the 100th year of Planned Parenthood, opining that birth control has helped to advance America’s economy because it keeps women in the workforce instead of being mothers.

“[B]reakthroughs in women’s health care, such as the legalization and expanded availability of birth control, have been named one of the biggest economic advancements for women in the past 100 years,” the resolution reads.

“[C]hanges in women’s access to reproductive health care have led to cultural shifts: in the United States, women are now nearly half the workforce, the sole or primary breadwinners in 40 percent of homes, and more than half of the college students.”

Abortion is Murder from I’ll Be Honest on Vimeo.

 


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  • Reason2012

    // “Abortion is a very personal issue for folks, and we work at Planned Parenthood to make sure that every woman has all the information that she needs and access to health care,” Richards said. //
    Killing_your daughter is not healthcare.

    • Peter Blaise

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      ~90% of abortions are of brainless zygotes.

      The spermatozoa and egg were equally alive and brainless — let’s criminalize killing them too.
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      • Reason2012

        Yes, hitler called Jewish_people brainless as well – and look how that turned out.

        A human being while still in the womb can still grow to be as old as anyone else. A sperm or egg is not a human being and will only live hours or days. Attempts to compare to two only shows how dishonest activists are to promote their agenda of genocide.

        • Peter Blaise

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          Quote please, and scientific support for it — thanks.
          __________

          Genocide is wiping out a gene pool, not aborting one’s own unwanted pregnancy.

          In the US, the majority of women seeking abortion services are already mothers of families with prior children of their own, so their gene pool has already been insured.
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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    It is futile to ask liberals on any logic of the matter. A baby is inside womb and children are small and women are physically weaker and the minorities are less powerful; that’s why raw humans thought the stronger should get complete control of the weaker according to the convenience of the more powerfuls. The Holy Bible crushed that notion among mankind by teaching that God created each human life for His glory and every human being is equal before God the Creator and that there is His judgment for all mankind. Civilizations without the Holy Bible knew something is deadly wrong with mankind’s world but could not do anything about it, taking injustice as a fate. The Western Christendom invented human rights and equality and liberty and justice for all by taking in the Biblical teaching. The pillar of the Western civilization’s conscience, therefore the world’s, is from the Holy Bible. Mankind never knew anyone’s innocent life is unconditionally valuable unless the human is self or deemed useful to self.

    • Peter Blaise

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      That explains why US Christian leaders never have tons of surplus money at their personal disposal, and expensive cars, and private planes, and never abuse the innocent, and never advocate making women or LGBT people second class citizens.
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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Liberals don’t think; and by not-thinking, they think they can get away with doing any evil. Life starts at conception. Abortion is murder. Every human has the constitutional rights from the moment of conception. (Psalm ch.139, Exodus ch.20)

    • Peter Blaise

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      God kills 50+% of all fertilized eggs — God is the world’s most virulent abortionist.

      Now let’s talk about God’s “natural disasters”, killing innocent men, women, children, animals, and plants…
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  • Trilemma

    Constitutional rights are acquired after birth. For example, the Constitution grants citizenship to those born in the US. It doesn’t matter where conception took place. A fetus cannot be a US citizen.

    • Tangent002

      The Constitution does not reserve rights solely for citizens, though. According the Roe v. Wade decision, individual sates can offer some measure of protection to developing fetuses after the point of viability (about 24 weeks).

      • Bob Johnson

        The first step in acknowledging these rights would be to get the Social Security Administration to issue Social Security Numbers and the IRS to allow dependent exemptions for the 30% of pregnancies that end in miscarriage.

        • Tangent002

          But what would this all do to Astrology? Is one’s Zodiac sign their birth date or when they were conceived?

          • Bob Johnson

            Which reminds me of Shel Silverstein’s, “The Man Who Got No Sign”

      • Peter Blaise

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        You mean, when brains develop and independent survivability becomes possible.
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    • Peter Blaise

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      Yup, inside someone else’s body is outside the US governmental jurisdiction.
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  • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

    I would not want to be this woman on the day she is on her knees as faces Christ. He has much blood on her hands.

    • Peter Blaise

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      Zygotes have no blood.

      And God aborts 50+% of fertilized eggs anyway, so God is the world’s greatest abortion provider.

      And what about God killing all those innocent children, women, and men — and animals — in natural disasters, not to mention as casualties of other people’s wars?

      I think your Jesus should get down on His knees and beg forgiveness for all the suffering He is responsible for, and responsible for not preventing.
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      • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

        And I would not be you for all the money in the world.

        • Peter Blaise

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          You don’t have to, the whole purpose of having different people is to have, well, different people.

          If the thread in part is about our contract of our Constitution, then it’s all about support for each of us as individuals, and so, I’m happy you and I are here together to complement the spectrum of possibilities in human existence.

          Pax domini sit semper vobiscum.
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          • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

            May the peace of the Lord be with you always.
            Shalom <

  • Robert Zaccour

    All lives matter.

    • Peter Blaise

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      Every sperm is sacred.
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    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      I agree all lives matter.

  • ComeOnPeople!

    “And the fifth was named Kasdeja: this is he who showed the children of men all the wicked smitings of spirits and demons, and the smitings of the embryo in the womb, that it may pass away…” (Enoch 69:12a)

  • poppyw

    Boy, look at her face. Is that a happy face? Looks to me that God’s punishment for what she does to the unborn has been at work in her life. These heathens don’t want to acknowledge that they are created beings and, therefor, they have a Creator. They make fools of themselves by believing they actually rose from a primeval slimy mud accident of nature. They are so ego driven, they can’t bend their knees to a God that loves them. I have, yet, failed to meet a woman who is a happy person that has had an abortion. These women I have met are all haunted and chronically depressed that they murder the child in their womb. This is an unnatural act authored by Satan. Even if you are a heathen, there is still a Person that says, “I am the Lord thy God.” Break His rules. you suffer. I think yall call it, “bad luck.”

    • Peter Blaise

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      I know of no pregnant woman who claims that their pregnancy …

      “… rose from a primeval slimy mud accident of nature …”.

      I don’t know who your creator is, but mine is dead, and never had superior rights over me once I was born.

      Responsibilities, yes, but not superior rights.

      Was your creator even a US citizen?

      You tell us.
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      • Reason2012

        // I know of no pregnant woman who claims that their pregnancy …
        // “… rose from a primeval slimy mud accident of nature …”.

        He never said they claimed their pregnancy started there. It was clear he was talking about comparing the human race, life itself, being created by God to instead believe the human race, life itself, “rose from a primeval slimy mud accident of nature”, as evolutionists like to also believe in.

        That you have to lie to try defending the right to_kill your own daughter says it all.

        • Peter Blaise

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          A daughter by definition is a born human being, not the subject of the thread.

          I see no evolutionists upon whom to comment in the thread.

          Do you not understand the primeval slimy mud of ejaculate and egg and placenta and uterine wall lining, especially when shed, and the life therein regardless of fertilization?
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      • poppyw

        I see you try to alter what I said by putting two of my sentences together that were not in the sequence I wrote. Satan quoted incorrect scripture to Jesus and Jesus rebuked him. Therefore, you are of your father, Satan. But, this is not unusual because all non-believers belong to Satan. Your almighty God recognizes no middle ground of neutrality, you are either His or you belong to the bad guy. Your silly, ego driven rant means nothing except just how pathetic Satan has deceived you.

        • Peter Blaise

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          It’s only you and I in this back and forth, none of your other references have Internet accounts with which to join in, and neither of us speak for anyone else.

          You’re the one who said it’s silly to think that life springs from primordial mud …

          … and I thought …

          “… hey, that’s exactly what sperm and egg and placenta and uterine walls look like — primordial mud …”

          Thanks for the suggestive image, I’d never really thought of that.

          As above, so below.

          Like fractals, everything is everything.
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          • poppyw

            “As above, so below,” you said. Are you a Satan worshiper?

          • Peter Blaise

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            Like fractals, everything is everything.
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          • George Jenkins

            To say “Like fractals, everything is everything.” fits in the category that Pauli referred to when he said, “That is not only not right, it is not even wrong,”

          • Peter Blaise

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            Well, if it isn’t the truth, then it better than the truth.
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