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REPORT: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Stepping Down

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards plans on stepping down after over a decade of leading the corrupt abortion organization, sources told BuzzFeed on Wednesday.

One source confirmed to BuzzFeed that Richards, who took over the president position in 2006, has informed members of the Planned Parenthood board of directors of her planned departure.

“Cecile plans to discuss 2018 and the next steps for Planned Parenthood’s future at the upcoming board meeting,” read a statement from Planned Parenthood issued on Wednesday. The “upcoming board meeting” is set for next week.

There has been no official comment from the organization directly concerning Richards’ suspected departure. Richards, whose salary to run the “nonprofit” has ballooned to nearly $1 million annually, is currently working on a memoir titled “Make Trouble,” set for publication in April.

As noted by BuzzFeed, Richards has “greatly expanded the organization’s fundraising and organizing capabilities — and helped raise its profile through celebrity-oriented campaigns and increased political participation” during her tenure.

During Richards’ time serving as president, well over 3 million babies have been killed at Planned Parenthood.

Also during her tenure, Planned Parenthood was hit with endless scandals, including allegedly selling aborted baby body parts for profit. In 2015, secretly recorded videos from the Center for Medical Progress seemingly confirmed the scandal, showing Planned Parenthood officials haggling over prices of body parts and discussing changes in abortion procedures to keep “intact fetal cadavers.”

In a statement regarding the news of Richards’ possible departure, pro-life leader and former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson blasted Richards “legacy.”

“If Cecile Richards is indeed resigning her position as president of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, she leaves a trail of misery in her wake — over 2.5 million babies aborted on her watch, a decrease of 51% in breast cancer screenings, a grand total of zero mammograms, a drop of 65% in pap smears, and an organization that has eschewed healthcare in favor of building a political movement by serving 670,540 less patients since 2006,” said Johnson.

“As an organization that helps abortion workers leave their jobs, we would love to hear from Cecile as she exits the industry and have her hear from former workers of her organization — and how leaving was the best choice they made,” she continued. “As a powerful woman, she has the capability to stand up for women and their families without relying on the lie that abortion is good for them and empowers them, when in reality it does the opposite. We hope she decides to use that power for good and not the evil that Planned Parenthood as perpetuated on women for a century.”

Since leaving Planned Parenthood, Johnson, who is now the head of And Then There Were None, has spoken out about the mill’s unsavory practices, and has claimed clinics have abortion “quotas,” as have other whistleblowers.

CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance, said via a statement, “Under the leadership of Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood has grown to push one agenda — abortion above all else — while throwing aside any inkling of actual medical care. Cancer screenings and STD testing have all declined under her reign,” she said.

“Under Cecile’s leadership, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for refusing to report statutory rape and abuse, for aiding sex traffickers, for taking money to abort black babies, and for illegally profiting off of the body parts they have aborted. Ms. Richards leaves the organization just as the FBI is investigating likely criminal actions by the abortion giant,” continued Nance.

“If Planned Parenthood is serious about standing up for the women they claim to represent, they will hire someone who understands medicine and accepts the facts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. This is their chance to turn the organization around for the good and actually help women, instead of constantly telling them they cannot fulfill their dreams without abortion,” she added.