Shoving aside countless hours of research, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention that before birth control was legalized women were unlikely to finish school and had life expectancies not much higher than the age of 50. In her speech, she also noticeably omitted the word “abortion” while railing against pro-life Republicans such as Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.).
"Nearly 100 years ago when Planned Parenthood was founded, birth control was illegal," Richards told the convention. "And as a result, few women had the opportunity to finish school, and we really weren't even expected to live much past the age of 50. But times have changed.”
"Today, we're mothers and we are teachers and scientists and accountants and members of the armed forces,” she continued. “And because of President Barack Obama, more women than ever are serving in the U.S. cabinet and on the United States Supreme Court. We've come so far. We`ve come so far."
Ms. Richards was sure to remind the gathering of Democratic supporters that Akin, who recently said “legitimate rape” victims seldom get pregnant because their bodies have “ways to shut that whole thing down,” joined House Republicans in an attempt to “redefine rape.”
"Two years ago, when John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Todd Akin and the Tea Party took control of the House of Representatives, they promised to create jobs and jump-start the economy," asserted Ms. Richards. "But instead, on day one, they came after women's health, and they haven't let up since."
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Photos: President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012 (left); Richards also addressed the DNC in Denver in 2008 (right): AP Images