On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America was introduced by philanthropist Susan Buell and interviewed by Katrina Heron, Editor-at-Large of Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
Richards talked about the growing threat to a woman’s access to affordable healthcare after the election of conservatives to Congress and state legislatures. Cutting funding reduces woman’s access to family planning, testing and diagnosis for cancer and communicable disease.
Access to information is as important as healthcare. A hundred years ago, Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger fought for the right to distribute birth control information by mail, which violated the Comstock Act. The courts eventually agreed that it was a basic human right to have such access. Today social media allows millions of women go to the Planned Parenthood website or download their app.
Despite all the technology, at some point a woman will still have to visit a brick and mortar clinic to get basic healthcare. Richards wants to make sure that women will have that choice.
Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.