(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said her first experience with the organization she would later lead occurred while she was a student at Brown University because she “needed birth control.”
“My first experience with Planned Parenthood was at Brown as a student, because I needed birth control in college,” Richards said at Princeton on March 28. “It was rather unthinkable to go to the campus health center, and plus Planned Parenthood was the only place I knew that really knew everything about birth control.”
“And it’s kind of funny because a lot has changed since I walked into that health center in Providence, Rhode Island years ago, but a lot of things haven’t changed,” said Richards. “And that’s how millions of women actually first get birth control—is at Planned Parenthood.”
Richards graduated from Brown in 1980. When she attended that Ivy League university and sought birth control from Planned Parenthood her mother, Ann Richards, was county commissioner in Travis County, Texas. Ann Richards would later become governor of Texas.
The elder Richards had earlier served as a political aide to Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued the pro-abortion side in the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade
In 1988, the elder Richards would deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, becoming a liberal hero for a speech in which she accused then-Vice President George H.W. Bush of being born with a "silver spoon in his mouth."
Before becoming the president of Planned Parenthood, the younger Richards served as a deputy chief of staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is now the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives.
According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood received $487.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements” between July 2009 and June 2010. The organization also reported that in 2010 it performed 329,445 abortions at its clinics around the country.