Planned Parenthood key to health care sign-ups: group president Cecile Richards
|By Renata Birkenbuel, The Montana Standard, Butte|
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Adamant about grassroots organizers educating financially struggling young women about access to free health care, Taylor had just heard
"These are the kind of issues that young women don't think about," said Taylor. "It's about women becoming first-class citizens."
Richards, the daughter of the late
"This is about women's health care that women deserve, like breast cancer screenings," added Taylor, "and it's about young single mothers who can't afford health care."
One in five women across the nation have used Planned Parenthood services, said Richards.
"Planned Parenthood is a lifeline for folks in this state," said Richards, citing a 25-year-old
Now, she said, Planned Parenthood has helped sign up 27 million women in the country for free health insurance through ACA -- even if they have a history of disease, like breast cancer.
"Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition in America," said Richards to applause. When women know the issues and the candidates, their votes "provide the critical margins across the country" in elections, she added.
Yet she admonished the Democratic party for not doing enough to tell women about health care.
"But we have to at Planned Parenthood," she said. "Once we put these issues on the table, men and the women who love them will make the difference."
"I don't think women who are 25 years old think that men can take their rights away," said Schweitzer, reiterating Richards' call for giving voice to the voiceless.
In Schweitzer's introduction of Richards, he recalled the memory of
"Do you think that
"She loved this state," said
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