One of the interesting things about political organizations is that when they seem most in trouble they attract support and grow. That is the history of the much maligned Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards has skillfully used the bashing of PP to make it grow.
Even though there are fewer abortions because of advanced birth control medicines and some states have raised the costs of abortions, the over arching flow has left strong support for abortion rights. Polling shows the majority of Catholics support the right to abortions.
Under the management of Richards, supporters of Planned Parenthood have grown from three million to eleven million. It’s money has gone up dramatically. In recent years it has opened new facilities in the South. A focus to bring in younger members has been successful.
We all know Planned Parenthood is been and always has been under attack. Right now abortion rights faces an anti abortion President, House and Senate. But, as Richards reminds us, the founder of Planned Parenthood was jailed in 1916 for handing out birth control items.
Anti abortion people often think the public does not support Planned Parenthood because they hear it bad mouthed constantly from conservative media. Fox News did it’s own poll and found 58% of the public has a favorable view of Planned Parenthood.
One of Planned Parenthood’s big victories was getting birth control into Obamacare. While Trump bragged he would do away with Obamacare it is still here today.
Richards is 60 and might do some more political battles.