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Cecile Richards on Roe v. Wade – MSNBC, Washington Post, Oprah Daily

This week, American Bridge 21st Century Co-Chair Cecile Richards joined MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss abortion rights in America in light the of Politico’s recent report that the Republican majority on the United States Supreme Court plans to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Richards was also interviewed by the Washington Post’s Theodoric Meyer and Oprah Daily’s Bethany Heitman

According to a poll conducted by American Bridge, EMILY’s List, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, making abortion illegal is deeply unpopular. This poll found that voters, by a 71-point margin, said they would be more likely to vote for a Democrat who favors leaving the decision on abortion up to a woman and her doctor and opposes efforts to ban abortion than a Republican who favors making abortion illegal. 

Watch the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell here 

“I’m angry because I feel like we are now poised to lose an entire generation of women who are not going to have the opportunities to finish school, to have a family when they want to, maybe to go into a sports career, to get a graduate degree, to go into the workforce… And of course , we also know that as a result of safe and legal abortion, children do better,” said American Bridge Co-Chair Cecile Richards 

Watch Andrea Mitchell Reports Here 

“I don’t really feel like women in this country need any more lectures from the Republican Party . They need the freedom to make their own decisions about their lives, which involve their ability to finish school, to support the family that they do have and follow their dreams,” said American Bridge 21st Century Co-Chair Cecile Richards 

Oprah Daily: Cecile Richards on Roe v. Wade Overturn: “This Is About Maintaining Political Power”

By: Bethany Heitman | May 5, 2022 

Key Quote from Cecile Richards:

“Abortion existed before Roe v. Wade, and people died. When Texas tried to ban abortion before, we had women crossing the border to get abortions or women trying to induce their own abortions. We’re going to see more and more of that. It’s unconscionable that women would have to do this without any kind of medical care oversight. So, it’s not a question of if women will be harmed and if pregnant people will be harmed; it’s just a question of when.”

The Washington Post: Cecile Richards on the road ahead for the abortion rights movement

By: Theodoric Meyer, Leigh Ann Caldwell, and Tobi Raji | May 6, 2022

Key Quote from Cecile Richards:

“I ran Planned Parenthood for years. I dealt with folks from all walks of life. People have their own personal feelings about abortion, and that is their right. It is a deeply, deeply personal issue. The question is not: how do you feel about abortion? The question is: do you believe that this decision about a pregnancy should be made by politicians and the government?”

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