Book Review: Cecile Richards Is Making Trouble


Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Biography

Cecile Richards knows how to make trouble. The President of Planned Parenthood, "a non-profit organization that aims to provide trusted community health care, inform and educate the community, lead the reproductive health and rights movement, and advance global health" is a welcomed or polarizing figure. In her new memoir, we learn a lot more about activist, Cecile Richards, and how she's been making trouble since she was a little girl.

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Make Trouble

Unlike stories about humble beginnings, Richards captivates from the first page. Raised in a household by activist parents, her father was a union lawyer and her mother, Ann Richards, was the second female governor of Texas. Richards was brought up to speak out. The book chronicles her beginnings, as an activist at Brown University to working for the United Labor Union. Richards story is heartfelt and inspiring, mainly because it is so obvious that her passion has been apart of her from a very young age. She was born to do this.

Purchase Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead here.

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Planned Parenthood

Of course Cecile Richards is synonymous with Planned Parenthood, she was after all, the President of the organization. And because of this, she can be a polarizing woman.

Many conservative and right-wing Republicans dislike her, and the organization for which she stands.

Planned Parenthood came under fire when videos were leaked showing the medical provider selling fetal tissue to researchers. It was later found that all the videos had been altered by an anti-abortion group known as the CMP or Center for Medical Progress. Because of this scam, Richards was called in front of the House Government Oversight committee and defund funding for Planned Parenthood.

She was put through the ringer, had her character questioned and morals attacked. But as detailed in the first chapter, she came out on top.

"And I'm glad to say this story has a happy ending. Congressman Chaffetz announced that the committee had found no evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, and the committee disbanded. As for Chaffetz, he resigned his seat in Congress. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."

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Regardless of your political standpoint (although I don't know how many foes of Planned Parenthood, or Cecile Roberts, will pick up this book) it is a necessary read. For those of us who are scared, frustrated, or plainly pissed off with the current state of women's rights, this will be a handy tool. Cecile Richards will feel like many things to you; the mentor you've never had, the sweet but stern mother you always knew you needed, and a guiding light in a dark time. You will learn a lot about the United States government, union rights, healthcare, and how infuriating politics can really be. It is a fire that will continuously be lit under your ass, one that will only help you make trouble.

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