President Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards participates in a panel discussion during the annual Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 20, 2016 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
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As the 115th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood bemoaned “the most dangerous moment” in its history — and one conservative lawmaker says the organization should have “every reason to be concerned.”
In a fundraising email to supporters, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards wrote: “A new Congress is being sworn in today — which means we are entering the most dangerous moment in Planned Parenthood's history.”
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“That's saying a lot, given the immense challenges Planned Parenthood has faced over the last 100 years,” she added.
Richards wrote that “extremist lawmakers are dead set on blocking 2.5 million people a year from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers,” and that the organization will no longer be shielded by President Barack Obama.
“Without the promise of a presidential veto, there's only one thing that can stop this destructive agenda: Us. You, me, and millions of Planned Parenthood supporters locked arm in arm,” she wrote.
Richards urged supporters to donate to her organization and to sign a petition they will send to every member of Congress, adding that she is “ready to fight like hell.”
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) told TheBlaze in a statement that Planned Parenthood’s “desperate fundraising pitch” is “the first truthful thing Cecile Richards has said about Planned Parenthood in a long time.”
“Planned Parenthood and organizations like theirs that profit off the destruction of innocent life have every reason to be concerned because, despite their deep coffers and slick marketing campaigns, the American people went to polls and resoundingly rejected their anti-life agenda on Nov. 8,” Black said. “With pro-life majorities in Congress and a pro-life President on the way, we have a clear mandate to stop the forced taxpayer funding of abortion providers and I’m ready to get to work.”
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