In the midst of the confirmation battle over would-be Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, one voice on the left has weighed in with an interesting perspective. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told MSNBC that Gorsuch has “a disturbing history on women’s issues.”
“I think Justice Gorsuch has a disturbing history on women’s issues and access to … family planning and Planned Parenthood, so I think these hearings are going to be incredibly important to press this,” said Richards.
“I think there are some decisions that Judge Gorsuch has already ruled on, and areas on which he has already made his views clear, even on just the question to access to birth control,” she continued. “[H]is position on Hobby Lobby, that he believes that actually bosses should be able to decide whether or not women should be able to get birth control coverage.”
Of course, Richards is referring to the Supreme Court decision which ruled that the Obamacare contraception mandate “burdened [the] religious exercise” of faith-based institutions and businesses.
Even though Richards considers contraception to be a “fundamental right” – you know, up there with freedom of speech and religion and freedom from illegal search and seizure – her own record when it comes to women doesn’t hold up.
Under Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood performs about a third of all the abortions in the United States every year, to the tune of 300,000 procedures annually. It’s not a stretch to assume that roughly half of those babies killed were girls.
Compared to the 150,000 baby women that Richards’ organization kills year in and year out, Gorsuch’s record on women looks pretty stellar after all, doesn’t it?