Martin Bashir | February 06, 2013
>>> in yet another sign of his willingness no respect religious convictions, the president has amended the affordable care act in relation to the availability of birth control .
>> after the many genuine concerns that have been raised over the last few weeks, as well as frankly the more cynical on the part of some to make this into a political football . under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care . that includes contraceptive services. no matter where they work.
>> but despite this effort at compromise, the pro-life caucus in congress says it offers no relief whatsoever. and an archbishop says the new rules make things worse. let's ask someone who knows more about this issue. cecilia richards is the president of planned parenthood and joins us. welcome.
>> thank you.
>> does this make matters worse? does it make it more difficult?
>> absolutely not. what the white house released simplifies what they have said. which is religious churches i think it makes a lot of sense. they think your boss can't decide whether or not you get birth control . and this is -- birth control is the most commonly prescribed medicine for women in america. 99% of women use it. that's the basic principle the president are talking about here.
>> what are people talking about saying it much worse now?
>> i have no idea what they're talking about. it's simply i think these are folks who don't want women to have access to birth control . we see already some politics lawsuits now fighting against the right of women to get birth control no matter where they work. it's just insane in the 21st century we're having this conversation.
>> it is. and the opposition to woman controlling their own bodies continues. in arkansas, state senator jason rapaport is making it illegal into pregnancy si. he wanted it to be as applied to six weeks when you can't know when people are prnts in some cases. and north dakota is considering another bill. and mississippi is trying to shut down the only remaining abortion clinic in the state. how concerned are you as the president of planned parenthood at these localized efforts to overturn a supreme court ruling that's 40 years old?
>> i'm desperately concerned but what we're seeing is a pattern. we saw at election in november the largest gender gap ever in a presidential election . rejected mitt romney 's decisions to get rid of planned parenthood . now we're seeing plooig politicians going back at it. and the irony is the same folk who is are passing these bills unconstitutional laws that would make abortion illegal and inaccessible in these states are the same folks who are fighting against us providing birth control for women . the very thing that helps prevent unintended pregnancy in the first place.
>> can you explain the logic of that to our audience.
>> what we're seeing are some members in an extreme wing of the republican party who simply want to take reproduct ihealth care access away from women . it doesn't make sense. for the three women who come to planned parenthood every year, many come for birth control . it's nonsensical.
>> the truth is that what you do at planned parenthood , 97% of it concerns women 's health. it has nothing to do with terminating pregnancies.
>> it's preventive care . if you want to prevent unintended pregnancy, the best thing is have access to birth control . which is why i cannot believe in the 21st century we're fighting over whether or not women will have birth control covered that their insurance plans.
>> thank you for your efforts.
>> cecile richards , thank you so