Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

When Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sat down with Trevor Noah of The Daily Show last night, she deftly refuted Paul Ryan’s plan to cut millions of women off from their trusted health care provider.

To see how, watch the full segment and check out our favorite moments.


Cecile on what Americans think of Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood is more popular than the entire United States Congress. And I will say, I think if there were more members of Congress who could get pregnant, we wouldn’t be arguing about birth control.

I mean, the truth, Trevor, is that one in five women in this country have been to Planned Parenthood for health care. We see about 2.5 million patients a year. And what we’ve been hearing ever since Speaker Ryan said that, is that women and men coming out in droves, wanting to support the organization, talk about the care that they got at Planned Parenthood, we’re going to have I think thousands of folks come to Washington.

In fact, there were so many people that want to come and wear a pink Planned Parenthood hat, literally the factory ran out of pink yarn that makes the pink Planned Parenthood hats.


On how Planned Parenthood actually helps prevent unintended pregnancies:

We're at a 30-year low for unintended pregnancy in America. We're at a historic low for teenage pregnancy in America and that's largely because women have better access to family planning. I would say the American people think that Planned Parenthood is actually the solution, not the problem.


How women’s need for health care is not a partisan issue:

And that’s what I think women are so perplexed about is why are people playing politics with women’s health care in America?” ​​​​​​​


On blocking access to Planned Parenthood:

First, it’s really important to understand that Planned Parenthood is not a line item in the federal budget. We just get reimbursed like every other health care provider family planning services, cancer screenings, well-woman visits, STI testing and treatment. And in fact, federal funding, as you probably know, does not pay for abortion services. I think that’s wrong, that’s a law that’s been in effect for a long, long time.

So when Paul Ryan says we’re going to defund Planned Parenthood, what it means is actually that millions of folks who come to us for preventive care, can no longer come to us, including thousands of women in his home state of Wisconsin.


On what could happen if they succeed:

It's not only that they want to end access to Planned Parenthood — they want to end access to care for a lot of folks in this country, and I believe it's going to cause a health care crisis. We saw that it did in Texas, we’ve seen this happen in other states.

So I hope that every person who is watching this — if you’ve been a Planned Parenthood patient or if you care about access to health care, you need to call your member of Congress, call your senator, and call the Trump administration.

Join the fight!

Do you care about protecting access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers? Join the fight! Go to istandwithpp.org/act for all the ways to take action.

Go to istandwithpp.org

Tags: Abortion, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood, Paul Ryan

Is Abortion Still Legal in My State?

Learn about abortion access changes in your state.

Get the Facts

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Will NEVER Back Down

Know this: our right to abortion is not debatable. We will rebuild and reclaim the freedom that is ours.


Sign Up for Email

Sign Up

Explore more on


This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.