Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards received a standing ovation when she took the stage at the DNC to tell viewers that the GOP's attitude toward women is like a "bad episode of Mad Men." Planned Parenthood has been at the middle of the political storm recently. Susan G. Komen For the Cure tried to end funding of breast cancer screenings, and Republican lawmakers have led efforts to defund the women's health provider.
"Two years ago, when John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Todd Akin, and the Tea Party took control of the House of Representatives, they promised to create jobs and jump-start the economy. But, instead, on day one, they came after women's health," Cecile Richards noted Wednesday.
She made it clear that this attack was about more than abortion, saying, "They voted to end cancer screenings and well-woman visits for five million women, end funding for birth control at Planned Parenthood, and for good measure, they even tried to redefine rape." And in case people watching at home thought Mitt Romney was more moderate, Cecile noted that "Mitt Romney is campaigning to get rid of Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade."
Finally, when Cecile mentioned her mom, the late former Texas governor Ann Richards, the crowd went wild. Cecile teared up and finished her speech about the promise of the future on a sentimental note.