Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards held a small rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to lobby against several new state and federal abortion bills that she says pose a threat to women's rights. This, of course, includes restrictions on late-term abortions.
Catching up with Richards after the rally, the Weekly Standard asked her to explain the difference between the horrific murders conducted by Kermit Gosnell and late-term abortions.
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 25: Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, attends the vote on the anti-abortion bill SB5 on the last day of the legislative special session June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Credit: Getty Images
She didn't seem to know how to answer.
Here's how she responded, according to the Weekly Standard:
"I mean, he was a criminal. And he's now going to jail," Richards replied. "It is very rare for a woman to need to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks. And quite often it's stories like ones we heard today where" the fetus is diagnosed with a dire medical condition.
But asked about late-term abortion when there isn't a medical problem (Texas's proposed abortion limit has exceptions for the physical health of the mother and severe "fetal abnormalities"), Richards refused to answer. Nor did she reply when asked if she supports any legal limits on abortion.
Richards also remained silent when the Weekly Standard asked if she supported any legal limits on abortion. An aide reportedly tried to cut off the questioner.
Joining the Planned Parenthood president the pro-abortion rally were U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Connecticut congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and a crowd of 200 Planned Parenthood activists.
Read the full transcript of the conservative publication's conversation with Richards here.
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