Today Cecile Richards, daughter of former Governor of Texas Ann
Richards and president of Planned Parenthood Action, addressed the
Democratic National Convention. In many ways, this isn’t significant.
Choice has been a part of the Democratic platform since Roe v. Wade . In fact, Richards received a less warm welcome than the speaker following her, Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Still, choice groups like Planned Parenthood Action do more work
than the public realizes. The group’s non-advocacy arm has been
providing affordable prenatal and women’s health care for low-income
women for decades. Without it, abortion may as well be illegal for the
poor who cannot afford it.
The reason the advocacy arm is important is because they began to
recognize that without political advocacy, the non-advocacy arm may not
be able to continue providing health care, birth control, and abortions
to low-income women in America.
Roe is gone. The chaos is just beginning.
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