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Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, labor organizing, and the Supreme Court


March 07, 2017 09:00

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Before Cecile Richards was president of Planned Parenthood, she was a labor
organizer working with garment workers in El Paso, Texas. The experience
taught her a key principle of political change: people do things for their
reasons, not your reasons.In this conversation, we talk about her organizing
background, and how it's informing her work as she tries to protect her the
institution she leads. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a core Republican
promise. It is also, as she explains, a more punitive policy idea than people
realize — there is no Planned Parenthood line in the federal budget, and so
defunding the organization means denying it reimbursement for cancer
screenings, birth control, and wellness visits. We dig into the possible
consequences of that, as well as:-Why the core skill of organizing is
listening-How she talks about Planned Parenthood with people who are pro-life-
What today’s politicians could learn from her mother, Texas Governor Ann
Richards-Why unplanned pregnancy and abortion rates are at post-Roe lows-The
reason Planned Parenthood has tried to stop using the terms “pro-life” and
“pro-choice”-What’s behind the sharp rise in IUD use-Why she thinks there’d be
a very different debate over women’s health if more members of Congress could
get pregnant-Which policies she thinks would work to drive down unplanned
pregnancy in the US -What she thinks of Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee
to the Supreme CourtAnd much more. Also, a quick programming note: we’re
accepting applications for Vox’s next unconference, which will be held April
26-27th, and focus on the first 100 days of policy under Trump. Head to for more!Books:-Mountains
Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder-Barbarian Days by William Finnegan Read more
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