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Planned Parenthood President: Women 'Need' Abortions for Valentine's Day



WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards addresses the 20th annual Women's Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) October 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The DNC held the forum to discuss women's roles in leadership. First lady Michelle Obama will address the forum in the afternoon. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said what women really "need" for Valentine’s Day are “safe” and “legal” abortions.

Cecile Richards Vine Image source: Twitter

In a brief Vine video posted to Twitter Monday, Richards held up a series of cue cards with the prompt, “#WhatWomenNeed…for Valentine’s Day.”

Written on the cards were "maternity care,” “cancer screenings," “birth control" and "safe + legal" abortions.


Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the United States and performed an estimated 327,166 abortions in 2012, according to its annual report. Planned Parenthood says abortions make up 3 percent of its total health services.

The #WhatWomenNeed hashtag was kicked off last week by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who used it to call for affordable childcare.




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