Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards reportedly will step down through her post after more than a decade of heading the group, a leader inside the abortion along with contraceptive rights movement.
Richards’ planned departure, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News along with since has been confirmed by NBC News, comes a year after President Donald Trump took office with an agenda hostile to abortion access in general along with Planned Parenthood in particular.
In a statement emailed to CNBC, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said, “Cecile plans to discuss 2018 along with the next steps for Planned Parenthood’s future at the upcoming board meeting.” in which meeting is usually scheduled for next week.
Planned Parenthood provides abortions to more people than any some other provider inside the United States. A third of the nation’s more than 900,000 abortions annually are performed at Planned Parenthood clinics, according to the data through Planned Parenthood along with the Guttmacher Institute.
The group receives more than $500 million in federal funding for nonabortion health services — such as cancer screenings, contraception along with testing for sexually transmitted diseases — the idea offers women, notably in underserved rural areas.
However, Congress for decades has barred any federal money through being used to fund abortions provided by Planned Parenthood.
According to the group’s annual report in 2017, “Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) supports 59 independently incorporated affiliates in which operate 661 health centers across the U.S., which have seen 2.5 million patients This specific year.”
Trump, in a September 2016 letter to anti-abortion advocates, wrote, “I am committed to … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, along with reallocating their funding to community health centers in which provide comprehensive health care for women.”
Last spring, Trump signed a law in which cut back some funding protections for Planned Parenthood services.
yet bills in which sought to repeal along with replace Obamacare, which also would likely have temporarily cut off federal funds to Planned Parenthood, failed to win passage last year.
Richards’ mother, the late Ann Richards, served as governor of Texas.