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Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in 2015 in D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017; Washington D.C. – In an interview airing today on All Things Considered, NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards about the American Health Care Act - the House Republican's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - and the bill's provision to defund Planned Parenthood.

Stations and broadcast times are available at NPR.org/stations.

Excerpts from the conversation are available below.

When asked how much money Planned Parenthood stands to lose under the new healthcare bill and what impact it would have, she said: "The vast majority of our patients are on some kind of federal program and so see us through the Medicaid program or title 10. It's about upwards of 400 million dollars in reimbursements, but what's really important Ari to understand is that we actually are not in the federal budget, this defunding language is misleading...we get reimbursed for the care we provide and we have about 2.5 million patients who come to see us every year."

When asked about signals from Capitol Hill about the likelihood the Planned Parenthood funding provision would remain part of the bill, she said: "...Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 [years], one and five women in this country have received healthcare from this organization and to somehow wrap it up in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as Senator Collins (Rand Murkowski have said is completely inappropriate and is literally going to create total chaos for women in America."

When asked if Planned Parenthood would ever stop performing abortions, she said: "Absolutely not. We provide full reproductive healthcare for people in this country and even though abortions may make up a small percentage of what we do women and families and young people come to Planned Parenthood because they count on us to be on their side, and to provide them with the healthcare they need. Our motto is, 'care no matter what' and we take that promise very seriously."

Audio and transcript will be available on NPR.org later today.

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