Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards: Unruly over Hobby Lobby

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood (and daughter of Texas Governor Ann Richards) sounds off on the topic of the Supreme Court’s decision in Burvell V. Hobby Lobby on today’s Democracy Now!

Amy, there’s a lot of hypocrisy in this entire case. Hobby Lobby actually used to cover for their employees the same types of contraceptives that they are now so exercised about. So, I think what we’re seeing is there has been a concerted effort, and we have dozens of lawsuits, by employers now to challenge this birth control benefit, wanting to take it away from women, even some of the—but many of whom already covered it. I think the point is, as you said earlier, 99 percent of women in America use birth control at some point in their lifetime. For women, this is not a controversial issue. It is a basic healthcare issue. It’s an economic issue. The only controversy is: Why in the world in 2014 are we still fighting to get birth control covered by insurance plans?

It was a little over a year ago that Richards came back home to support the women of Texas in the struggle against HB2, the deadly anti-abortion law. While local reproductive justice groups often seemed terrified of civil disobedience, I can remember Cecile Richards encouraging the crowd to be loud during the people’s filibuster after Wendy Davis had been shut down. She, at least in that moment, seemed to understand how serious the war on women has become, and that true free speech is unruly and unashamed.

She commented on the parallel events earlier today on Twitter:

As Richards points out, over 80,000 have signed off on Planned Parenthood’s People’s Dissent since the Supreme Court decision came down. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of a new and even more unruly mob of freedom-loving women.

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