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Cecile Richards, President Of Planned Parenthood One Of TIME’s 100 Most Influential

Cecile Richards, President Of Planned Parenthood One Of TIME’s 100 Most Influential

TIME Magazine revealed its ninth annual TIME 100, a list of what it considers the 100 most influential people in the world.

The list includes 38 women, more than any other previous year, and among the notable inclusions is Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood.  Appropriately enough, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke offered this on Richards’ inclusion. “[Richards is] my advocate and that of every woman in America, as I learned firsthand when I was publicly disparaged for speaking out on an issue she has been working on every day for years…. As we look to inspire the next generation of women to join this fight, we’re fortunate to have Cecile as our mentor.”

I’ll be honest. It feels a little strange to celebrate Richards place on the list. It’s a well-deserved recognition of her leadership and the importance of reproductive health and justice in women’s push for economic equality. But the attention to Richards and Planned Parenthood has come because of a relentless assault on women’s access to affordable and reliable health care. Almost 40 years after Roe v. Wade women are not making progress, we are losing ground.

And it’s no coincidence that Fluke makes an appearance as well since she was thrown onto the public stage for having the audacity to ask Congress to hear her concerns over proposed blocks to contraception access. When she was given an opportunity the right crucified her as a “slut”. In 2012.

This is what’s remarkable about Richards and Fluke on the TIME list–the fact that in 2012 this country is having a political debate about whether or not women are entitled to the same human rights as men, including the right to make medical decisions on their own and free from government coercion. So, lets applaud the leadership of Richards and the recognition it is receiving but take careful note of why we’re here in the first place. Richards is not in the TIME 100 because equal rights for women is a foundational and universal political belief in this country. Just the opposite. She’s here because she represents the face of a strong and fierce opposition to a political movement intent on rolling back women’s autonomy.

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9:48AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Donna and Suzy, Did you ever think that maybe these "murder clinics" have saved a lot of women's lives?

9:46AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Why not someone like Richards for president instead of Hillary.

6:44AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Well - she ranks below Ron Paul, but above Barack Obama.

And OMG - I'll be darned if Jan Brewer doesn't beat out good old Barack as well.

Fancy that!

4:35AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

She has guts, brains, and leadership abilities. All in great demand and the latter two are sadly lacking right now.

4:13AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Abortion is murder! Period!

2:00AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

I suggest all you devout followers of this lady, spend a day in the murder clinics... and just see what really goes on there...DISGUSTING AND EVIL...Hitler had nothing on you lot....

1:58AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Cecile Richards.."Speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves, ensure justice for those that are perishing." (Proverbs 31:8) "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing" (Edmund Burke).We all have a VOICE!!!!.....Planned parenthood is all about slaughtering babies...No mamograms..just surgical murders....You are not in Gods book of heros...or mine....

4:19PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Good!

9:45AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I honestly hope she IS influential. In 40 years, that's a whole generation of new human life, I would have hoped we'd moved way past this point. Instead, our motion seems one-step-forward-two-steps-back.

Why? I'm educated. I'm compassionate. I love children (even mine!) and animals. I love my husband. Don't I deserve better than to be paid less than a truck driver with a GED? Don't I deserve better than to be called a slut if I wish to delay further childbearing? Or to be called a baby killer if my pregancy goes south and there's nothing to be done to rescue the fetus? Or if I choose not to set another mouth at my table--which I've bought and paid for along with the food?

And why does some "We're supposed to love everybody as ourselves" religious group get to spew such hate for any woman who demands better?

9:45AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I honestly hope she IS influential. In 40 years, that's a whole generation of new human life, I would have hoped we'd moved way past this point. Instead, our motion seems one-step-forward-two-steps-back.

Why? I'm educated. I'm compassionate. I love children (even mine!) and animals. I love my husband. Don't I deserve better than to be paid less than a truck driver with a GED? Don't I deserve better than to be called a slut if I wish to delay further childbearing? Or to be called a baby killer if my pregancy goes south and there's nothing to be done to rescue the fetus? Or if I choose not to set another mouth at my table--which I've bought and paid for along with the food?

And why does some "We're supposed to love everybody as ourselves" religious group get to spew such hate for any woman who demands better?

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