Washington, D.C.- Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, yesterday thanked Cecile Richards for her twelve years of service as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ms. Richards plans to step down later this year.
“Over the past decade, we have fought fight after fight to safeguard women’s constitutionally-protected rights and make comprehensive health care more accessible and affordable to all Americans. Cecile Richards has been on the front line of every one of those fights,” Engel said. “Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood has faced countless attacks from those determined to turn back the clock on women’s health and rights – yet her efforts to support Americans in need of comprehensive care have never faltered.
“It has been my honor to stand with Planned Parenthood to fight back against the constant efforts to defund the care they provide to 2.4 million Americans each year; to roll back access to birth control; to halt the progress we’ve made in lowering rates of teen pregnancy; and to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While Cecile Richards’ leadership will be missed, I have no doubt that she will leave Planned Parenthood ready to tackle whatever challenges may come.”
Please note this press release was originally published on March 23, 2018 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.