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Five Most Outrageous Statements by Cecile Richards, Formerly of Planned Parenthood

The author of a new book is perfectly fine with taking the life of the unborn — and she's hellbent on keeping it that way

As many people know, Cecile Richards is the former head of Planned Parenthood (she stepped down in January after running it for nearly 10 years). She’s also the liberal activist daughter of former Democratic Gov. Ann Richards of Texas.

Now Richards has a new book out, and she’s hawking it just about everywhere.

In recent interviews, Cecile Richards has been discussing how, right after President Donald J. Trump was elected to the White House in November 2016, she woke up and didn’t know what to do.

As Richards told some outlets, “Every single day after [that election], there was someone [else] who crossed me and said, ‘I don’t know what to do [either].'”

Ultimately, Richards thought it best to write a book about her experiences, feelings and beliefs — and share directions and advice for other liberals who were emotional wrecks over the election results and didn’t know “what to do” about it.

The result: “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead,” written with Lauren Peterson, about Richards’ life of liberal activism — meaning, of course, her unbridled support and advocacy for abortion on demand across this country and all that she’s encountered along the way.

Though there are many, here are just five of the most eyebrow-raising statements Richards makes in her new book that conservatives need to know — and you can count on this author to keep making her way through an endless stream of (mostly highly receptive) mainstream media appearances to chat about these liberal directives and more:

1.) “Sometimes being a troublemaker can be pretty damn awesome … I’ve watched in awe as my mother, Ann Richards, went from frustrated housewife to governor of Texas, defying convention and the political Establishment. That was one of the things that drew me to Planned Parenthood: Its history is the history of brave, troublemaking women (and a few good men) who risked their reputations and even their lives to change things. We fellow travelers have a way of finding each other, whether we set out to or not.”

2.) “For the first time in my life, I’m wondering whether my own [two] daughters will have fewer rights than I’ve had. That alone is enough motivation for me to keep making trouble.”

3.) “Unless we want to be defined by a stream of late-night tweets (not to name any names), we’re all going to have to be brave.”

Related: Five Things Liberals Don’t Want American Women to Know About Abortion

4.) “Everywhere I look I see people who are stepping up to do things they never could have imagined. Showing up in a town hall, meeting with a U.S. senator, wearing a pink pussy hat. Publicly sharing a personal, intimate story about how Planned Parenthood made a difference in their life. Marching with their kids, grandkids, mothers, sisters, and brothers. Risking arrest to stand up for the rights of immigrants and refugees. Or turning their life upside down to run for office or become a grass-roots organizer. If you’re not scaring yourself, you’re probably not doing enough.”

“The women who come through the doors of Planned Parenthood health centers every day have a lot on their minds.”

5.) “Now more than ever, women are the most important political force in America. We have enormous power to change the direction of this country, and it’s time to use it. Marching, knitting, and protesting are great … The women who come through the doors of Planned Parenthood health centers every day have a lot on their minds, above and beyond getting affordable, nonjudgmental health care … Here’s to the troublemakers, the agitators, the organizers. This is our moment.”

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Cecile Richards [1], [2], CC BY-SA 2.0, by Lorie Shaull)