Cecile Richards, the president of abortion provider Planned Parenthood, is stepping down after 12 years at the helm, BuzzFeed has revealed.
“Cecile plans to discuss 2018 and the next steps for Planned Parenthood’s future at the upcoming board meeting,” a Planned Parenthood official said in a statement.
As president, Richards greatly increased the organization’s level of fundraising and forged close links with the Democratic Party. Richards also served as a communications adviser on Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Under her leadership, the organization was also repeatedly hit with allegations of disturbing practices, which include the sale of aborted body parts, celebratory parties for meeting abortion targets, and specifically encouraging black women to have abortions.
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