Cecile Richards’ message: Now is the time to get involved

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Cecile Richards steps down from Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, and her message to women is get involved now.

She says ‘don’t wait for instructions’ or for the perfect opportunity, or to be asked. The importance of activism is also a message in Richards’ new book, “Make Trouble,” a mix of memoir and call to action.

Richards has been president of Planned Parenthood for 12 years. She won’t say what her next step is; many expect her to enter politics. For now, she says she wants to help other women get elected to office and to expand the electorate by helping get women to the polls.

Richards is being honored Tuesday night at Planned Parenthood’s star-studded annual gala, along with transgender actress Laverne Cox.