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Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on Her Abortion: 3 Kids Were ‘As Big As Our Family Needed to Be’

By Penny Starr | November 12, 2015 | 12:18pm EST

Planned Parenthood President

Cecile Richards.  (AP) 

In an online interview with Yahoo! News’ Global Anchor Katie Couric, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said she and her husband decided to abort their baby because they already had three children and “that was as big as our family needed to be.”

“It was a decision my husband and I made,” Richards said. “I mean, it was a personal decision.”

“And we have three children that we adore and that are the center of my life,” Richards said. “And we decided that was as big as our family needed to be.”

Richards has been at the helm of the nation’s largest abortion provider since 2006 and her annual compensation is $523,000. According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2013-2014 annual report, its affiliated clinics performed 327,653 abortions that year.

In the interview with Couric, Richards praised the #shoutyourabortion twitter movement in support of abortion and said it inspired her to tell her “own story.”

“I had never made a secret of the fact that I had an abortion but it really moved me to tell my own story,” Richards said. “Look, almost one-in-three women in this country have had an abortion at some point in their lives.”

Commenting further on her decision to abort her child, Richards said, “that was really the story. It wasn’t anything more dramatic than that.”

Yahoo! News' Global Anchor 

Katie Couric.  (AP) 

“But I can’t imagine a woman being in that circumstance — with an unintended pregnancy -- and not being able to make her own decision about that pregnancy,” Richards said.

Couric also asked Richards about the undercover videos that were released by the Center for Medical Progress showing the organization’s top medical staff discussing the harvesting of aborted baby parts.

Richards said the videos were made by “extremists who want to end access to all reproductive health care in America.”

The videos led to several ongoing investigations in the U.S. Congress into the practice. In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood said that in its fiscal year 2014 (which ended on June 30, 2014) it received $528.4 million in government health services grants and reimbursements.

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