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Cecile Richards

The Right Plan for Plan B

Cecile Richards | Posted 02.08.2012 | Women
Cecile Richards

After years of acknowledging that emergency contraceptives are safe and effective for nonprescription use, the government missed a tremendous opportunity to make emergency contraception more available to women who need it.

What Siri's Blind Spot on Women's Health Really Means

Cecile Richards | Posted 02.01.2012 | Women
Cecile Richards

Apple's trusty little phone wizard is clueless about birth control or abortion care. While this may be nothing more than a programming glitch, it is a modern-day example of the historic struggle women have always faced in getting access to health care and health information.

The Other 99%

Cecile Richards | Posted 01.16.2012 | Women
Cecile Richards

Does it sound crazy that a small group of religious leaders and tea-party Republicans are fighting to eliminate women's access to birth control? That's exactly what's happening.

Watching Mississippi and the Future of Women's Health

Cecile Richards | Posted 01.08.2012 | Women
Cecile Richards

More than 1,000 reproductive health bills have been introduced in legislatures across the country, the majority of which seek to undermine women's health.

The Craziness in Congress

Cecile Richards | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

At a time when Americans want government focused on jobs and helping families weather the toughest economy in recent memory, Republicans have submitted a budget that guts the nation's birth control funding and eliminates access to cancer screenings for millions of women.

Stopping The Assault on Women's Health and Rights

Cecile Richards | Posted 10.31.2011 | Women
Cecile Richards

I used to think of Roe v Wade as the turning point in the struggle for women's rights and health. By recognizing reproductive rights as constitutional...

North Carolina Planned Parenthood Funding Safe -- For Now

AP | By TOM BREEN | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina cannot withhold funding from Planned Parenthood until a lawsuit over that provision of the state budget has been resol...

Birth Control You Can Afford -- It's About Time!

Cecile Richards | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Cecile Richards

Affordable birth control means better birth control. When cost is not a concern, women are more likely to choose more effective birth control methods. Imagine -- making your birth control decision based on what fits you rather than what fits your wallet!

Amy Poehler Goes To Bat For Planned Parenthood

Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

Amy Poehler goes to bat for Planned Parenthood in a fundraising email sent out by the women's health service provider on Monday. "You know who is a...

Celebrating Estelle

Cecile Richards | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Chances are you've never heard of Estelle Griswold. But she radically changed the lives of women in America. Forty-six years ago today, her courage secured a basic right of women to use birth control to plan and time our pregnancies and to keep our families healthy.

Governor Mitch Daniels' Women Problem Is the GOP's, Too

Cecile Richards | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Republicans are squandering their supposed 2010 mandate by following an ideological agenda instead of focusing first on creating jobs, particularly when it comes to their attacks on basic women's health care.

Time to Say That Dreaded Word "Abortion" Out Loud and a Lot

Rebecca Sive | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Sitting by my television set watching the news and thumbing my Blackberry, I wrote this note to Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, on t...

Holding Women's Health Hostage: The Sequel

Cecile Richards | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home
Cecile Richards

The Planned Parenthood Mike Pence wants to eliminate looks nothing like the Planned Parenthood that three million patients rely on each year. It's time to end this political vendetta. It's wasting valuable time.

Happy Birthday, Health Care Reform! From America's Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cecile Richards

Narrow-minded, unpopular, and unproductive attacks on women's health are not the birthday gifts this historic law deserves or the women of this country need.

Don't Let Them Kill Family Planning!

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Richard Nixon may not be the first name most people associate with women's health and reproductive rights. But as the assault on women heats up in Congress this week, I'm starting to think of the Nixon era as an age of enlightenment.

Why Women Need Pelosi

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

It's pretty clear that the new majority in the House won't be putting women in leadership positions. If the Democrats are serious about winning in 2012, they need to pay attention to women -- as voters and as leaders.

The Affordable Care Act Benefits Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

On the six-month anniversary of the passage of the new health care law, much of America is either scratching its head or spewing bile. But all women should be celebrating.

President Obama Socks It to Vulnerable American Women

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

On this last Friday in July, President Obama directed his Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, to issue a regulation for healthcare reform's high-risk insurance pools.

Health Care Reform: Second Trimester

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Mr. President: A word to the wise: Better not further jeopardize your standing when we're not sure whether the BP cap won't go bust.

Promising Steps Toward International Women's Health

Cecile Richards | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cecile Richards

We should commend the members of the G-8 for their new commitments to women and girls, and I challenge these and all governments to keep the momentum going.

Julianne Moore Breaks It Down: What's in the New Health Care Law for Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Can't make heads or tails of health care reform? You're not alone -- a majority of Americans are confused about the new health care law and don't know enough about the details of the law to understand how it will affect them.

Justice John Paul Stevens: A Champion for Women's Health

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Justice Stevens' writings during his time on the U.S. Supreme Court, show that he was a most wise and unusual man who could see beyond the bounds of his own gender.

For Women, the Ultimate in Preventive Health Care: Birth Control

Cecile Richards | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cecile Richards

This is finally the moment to address a fundamental problem facing millions of American women: they need birth control, but for too many women it is not easily accessible or affordable.

Call on Women to Get the Job Done Right

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

The important take-away from this epic campaign to pass health care reform that will improve women's lives was the role played by women inside and outside the beltway.

Standing Up for the World's Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cecile Richards

Some 215 million women worldwide report that they do not have the option to delay or avoid pregnancy, something which most women in wealthy countries take for granted.