You wouldn’t expect the president of Ford to talk up Chrysler models, so you can’t expect the head of America’s largest abortion provider (and contraception distributor) to give the nod to “Natural Family Planning” — or, rather, what she thinks is Natural Family Planning.
On Monday, former magazine editor Tina Brown interviewed Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards at the Women in the World Texas Salon (associated withThe New York Times). During her time on stage, Richards praised birth control and criticized Natural Family Planning (NFP) — which she incorrectly claimed included the Rhythm method.
From the beginning, Richards described the current administration “going after birth control access” as “extraordinary” and “crazy.”
She credited birth control for the “record” of lowest rate teenage pregnancy in U.S. history and lowest rate of abortion since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. (She conveniently forget to mention that, while the national abortion rate has decreased, Planned Parenthood’s own abortion rate has increased.)
But then she warned that the Trump administration was interfering.
“We just have seen a leaked memo that basically says that they’re going to try to redirect all the family planning program, where millions of women, how they get access to affordable birth control, to now begin to use it for fertility awareness,” she insisted. “But to really redirect it away from ‘artificial’ family planning to ‘natural’ family planning.”
Brown gasped, “You mean we’re going to go back to the Rhythm method?” and likened the decision to an “episode of Mad Men.”
Richards confirmed, “Yes, back to the Rhythm method.”
“It’s completely insane,” Richards added. “We provide birth control to millions of people every year, and what we usually call folks who come to us who use the Rhythm method, is parents.”