.- Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, (PPAF) addressed the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening, extolling Sen. Barack Obama as the âright choiceâ and naming him as only the second presidential candidate endorsed by the PPAF. She also attacked Sen. John McCain, for his alleged indifference to womenâs health and his pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
Richards, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, claimed that Planned Parenthood health centers are the âleading providers of womenâs health care in the countryâ and are visited by one in four women.
âAnd not just for birth control,â she added, saying cancer screenings and breast exams are provided by the organization.
Though Planned Parenthood is also the largest abortion provider in the country, she did not mention abortion directly.
âMany women have no other source of health care,â Richards continued, saying that women and families are forced to choose âbetween rent and doctor visits.â
She also asserted that young people need âinformation to make responsible decisions about their health.â
Claiming that presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama understands womenâs health care needs and asserting that Sen. John McCain does not, she stated that Obama has worked for âaffordable family planning, for comprehensive sex education and for a womanâs right to choose.â
âHe will be a president who supports womenâs health and rights one hundred percent. Heâs the change America needs,â she exclaimed.
Arguing that a John McCain presidency will be âmore of the same,â she claimed that McCain has spent 25 years âworking against the health care needs of women.â According to Richards, McCain has voted against âwomenâs health careâ 125 times. In addition, Richards argued that McCain has voted against what she called âreal sex educationâ and âaffordable family planning.â
âIf elected, John McCain has vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade,â she warned the DNC audience assembled in the first several rows of the Pepsi Center.
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade mandated legalized abortion throughout the United States.
âJohn McCain believes that judges, politicians and bureaucrats know better than women themselves whatâs best for their health care,â Richards argued, singling out for condemnation McCainâs position on whether insurance companies should cover birth control.
âWomen in this country deserve better,â she pronounced.
Acknowledging her daughter Lily, seated among the audience in the Pepsi Center, Richards said that Lily will cast her first presidential vote for Obama.
âFor mom, for Lily, and for all women, Barack Obama is the right choice,â she said in closing.