In the face of potentially losing federal funds granted to her organization, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards suggested that federal assistance should not only be kept intact — but tripled.
In an interview Thursday evening on The Daily Show, Richards told host Trevor Noah that she thinks it is “wrong” that the federal government doesn’t pay for abortion procedures, although they are “reimbursed” by the government for things such as well-woman visits and STD tests. The Hyde Amendment bars federal Medicaid funding from being used to pay for elective abortion procedures.
Richards criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan for indicating that House Republicans will seek to redirect funds currently granted to Planned Parenthood to community health centers.
“I actually think if you’re concerned about preventing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion in this country, you should triple the funding for Planned Parenthood,” Richards said. “That’s the work we do.”
While discussing defunding efforts, Richards also quipped: “If there were more members of Congress who could get pregnant, we wouldn’t be arguing about birth control.”
According to a recent Planned Parenthood annual report, the organization receives more than $500 million each year in government funding, approximately 40 percent of its total revenue.