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Why Doesn’t Cecile Richards Use Planned Parenthood For Her Health Care?

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards revealed today that she goes elsewhere for her health care needs. Why shouldn’t other women do the same?


During a congressional oversight hearing today, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards revealed that she doesn’t rely on Planned Parenthood for her own health care.

When pressed about whether or not Planned Parenthood offers mammograms, Richards explained that they do not provide any mammograms. Instead they offer manual breast exams and can refer patients to facilities where they can get an actual mammogram.

“Just like at my own doctor,” Richards said.

So Richards doesn’t go to Planned Parenthood for breast exams? Why not? Why doesn’t the president of Planned Parenthood think the employees at her own organization are good enough to examine her tatas?

Maybe because Planned Parenthood clinics have the reputation of being totally gross and disease-ridden. During a routine health inspection in 2012, a Virginia clinic, for example, was found to be blood-spattered and unsanitary. These and other findings are detailed in a 65-page report. The lax standards of the nation’s largest abortion provider have also exposed women to dangerous infectious diseases, which StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer quipped about in one of the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress.

Planned Parenthood clinics also are heavily located in low-income areas and prey upon poor minorities, which Richards, a wealthy white woman, is most certainly not. But if Planned Parenthood provides such sterling health care for women in need, why doesn’t Richards use the services of her own organization? Is it because she doesn’t approve of the standard of care provided? Or is it because she’s not in the market for an abortion, the only unique “health care” service provided by Planned Parenthood? Neither option paints her decision to avoid Planned Parenthood in a good light.

“We’re the best for women’s health,” Richards said, which, given her refusal to use Planned Parenthood’s services herself, is as encouraging as a dining invitation from a chef who refuses to eat his own creations.

If Planned Parenthood is indeed the best place for women’s health, why isn’t Richards relying on them for her own health needs?