Cecile Richards Is Stepping Down as the President of Planned Parenthood

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Cecile Richards, 60, who took the job in 2006, has informed at least some of the organization's board members of her decision, Buzzfeed said, citing one of the sources.

Buzzfeed, which first reported the news, notes "Richards greatly expanded the organization's fundraising and organizing capabilities - and helped raise the its profile through celebrity-oriented campaigns and increased political participation".

As Planned Parenthood's president, Richards has been at the helm during a period of both overwhelming support and opposition. Planned Parenthood doctors aborted more than 328,348 unborn babies in 2016, and killed 6,803,782 unborn babies between 1978 and 2016, according to CNS News.

The 60-year-old president is now working on a memoir, titled "Making Trouble", which is set to release in April.

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Richards' plans come at a tumultuous time for abortion rights activists and contraceptives access.

The Republican-controlled Congress passed legislation a year ago allowing states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. ". With women, this can lead to lots of issues, including prenatal problems". These videos launched five congressional investigations and more than a dozen state investigations into Planned Parenthood, none of which found evidence of wrongdoing.

Richards is a longtime Democrat, having served as the deputy chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and as president of a coalition of Democratic groups.

Now, Abbott is asking for the money back to fund its Healthy Texas Women Program, while still excluding Planned Parenthood.

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