Editor’s Note: Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards spoke out on Wednesday about Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s plan, if elected, to cut the organization’s funding in an effort to balance the budget. Romney’s statement contradicts his prior positions, when he supported Planned Parenthood and sought its endorsement when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that she was traveling in Texas Tuesday when she read about Mitt Romney’s promise to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood in order to cut the deficit.
“I was really stunned to read that Mitt Romney has now said he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood, because really what that means is he wants to get rid of preventative health care for 3 million folks every year,” Richards told reporters on Wednesday.
“It shows an extraordinary lack of understanding of family planning and the budget to say one of the ways he’s going save money in this country is by ending birth control and family planning,” she added. “The most conservative economist will tell you that family planning saves money. It saves taxpayers money. It’s ludicrous to think that Mitt Romney, who is running for president of the United States, thinks we’re going to balance the budget by ending birth control access in this country.”