American Bridge 21st Century Co-Chair and former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 yesterday and MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace today to discuss the real world implications on women if the decision is made to ban abortion.
“More than 70 percent of the American people support access to safe and legal abortion…But you look now at the number of states that in anticipation of this decision, have now passed these severe abortion bans, criminalizing healthcare providers. All of these are states, of course, I have one thing in common, they are run by Republican legislatures and governors, and so this is actually coming to many states in the country. As you showed on the map, there are going to be dozens of states. And I fear that not only is are we at risk in the states that have already banned abortion, but if the Republicans take control of the United States Congress, I believe the first bill up will be an attempt to make a national abortion ban in this country.”
“If Roe is overturned, the most extreme bans will go into effect. It means you can’t get an abortion if you’ve been raped, if you’ve been the victim of incest, if you you have a fetus with abnormalities that are incompatible with life, nothing. And that is going to affect millions and millions of people in this country – I think it is an issue we have seen with swing voters, with independent voters, women and men. They think this is where the Republican Party has completely lost the plot. They have their obsession with ending abortion. And of course, that’s not going to be the end. They will soon go after birth control, emergency contraception, and go down the list. They are completely out of step with the American people.”