The president of Planned Parenthood complained Wednesday that a puff piece about her organization that ran in the Washington Post focused too much on her, and not enough on everyone else in the group that is working to provide abortion services to women across the country.
"Unfortunately, the article that ran in the Post overstated my role and did not do justice to our broad movement," Cecile Richards wrote. "Starting with the headline and throughout, the story continued the long history of erasing the bold and brave leadership of the reproductive justice community."
The story, titled "The abortion rights movement is bolder than it's been in years. That's Cecile Richards's plan," portrayed her as leading an unapologetic defense of the controversial procedure and having transformed Planned Parenthood into an progressive political powerhouse.
The organization has taken an increasingly radical turn since her appointment as president in 2006, officially shedding the term "pro-choice" and advocating for federal funding for abortion through a repeal of the Hyde Amendment. In addition, Richards went on the defensive last year after allegations that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue.
Richards stated "articles like the one in the Washington Post completely miss the point," taking offense to the description of the "supposedly newfound boldness" among abortion advocates. The long-time political activist argued that "loud and proud" campaigns have their roots in long, ongoing grassroots activism led by minorities.
"As with any bold movement, ours is being fueled by a generation of activists and leaders, primarily women of color, who are challenging the country, and all of us, to be unapologetic champions for the rights of all people to access abortion and reproductive care, with a lens of social justice."