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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 08:34 PM

Cecile Richards: 'I'm Sick Of Men Telling Us What To Do With Our Bodies'

Cecile Richards: 'I'm Sick Of Men Telling Us What To Do With Our Bodies'

Cecile Richards has had enough with politicians who want to legislate women's health. The Planned Parenthood President made that much clear during a candid conversation with Fusion's Alicia Menendez at Tina Brown's Annual Women In The World Summit on Thursday. "The people of America donít like it when politicians put their own personal politics ahead of the health and lives of women," she said, throwing shade at the current crop of GOP presidential hopefuls.

When Menendez asked about Donald Trump's recent statement that women who have abortions should face "some form of punishment," Richards responded perfectly.
"I'm just honestly so sick of men telling us what to do with our bodies," she said, to rousing cheers in the packed Lincoln Center theater. She also laid out why Trump's rhetoric wasn't actually so out of step from that of his GOP colleagues:

[Trump's] comments were, one, outrageous and dangerous. I also though think it opened up a whole line of conversation which is important. Ted Cruz wants to ban all abortions in this country. John Kasich, the supposed moderate in this race, has signed 18 different bills in Ohio to end access to health care for women, including reproductive health care. So I think it is really important that people begin to face the logical conclusion, which is, if you make abortion illegal again in this country, then women who have abortions will be criminals, as will doctors and clinicians who provide them. And so I actually think Donald Trump unwittingly opened up a very important line of conversation.

Richards also spoke about the Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, the case currently before the Supreme Court which challenges HB-2, Texas legislation that has effectively shuttered half of the state's abortion clinics. (The laws require that doctors at clinics have admitting privileges at local hospitals, and requires clinics to upgrade in costly and unnecessary ways to closer resemble surgical centers. The legislation also mandates three separate appointments for women who want to obtain medication abortions, and bans abortions after 20 weeks.) "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, is a constitutional right. But I believe very firmly that it's not a right if you can't access it. What is really before the court is, can the state write bills and laws that are so extreme that it effectively ends this constitutional right for women."

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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 10:18 PM

1. "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land,

is a constitutional right. But I believe very firmly that it's not a right if you can't access it." They can't overturn the law, but they can make it impossible for women to have one. I stand with Cecile Richards: I am sick of men telling women what to do with their bodies.

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