Planned Parenthood's outgoing CEO says Christian doctors should be forced to perform abortions

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, who is set to step down from her position soon, has said Christian doctors and nurses should be required to do abortions even though they have moral objections to the procedure.

(REUTERS / Gary Cameron)Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington September 29, 2015.

In a fundraising email sent to Planned Parenthood's pro-abortion members, Richards slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to establish a Department of Health and Human Services division which aims to protect nurses and doctors who are against abortion. She called the move "shameful" and the title of her email message urged the readers to fight back against what she labeled as "discrimination," Life News detailed.

"Take a moment to submit your official comment to HHS: Don't encourage discrimination against people seeking health care," Richards' email said in part. "The number of comments we collect can be used in legal challenges to stop these attacks — so your submission really matters (and it only takes two minutes!)."

Richards recently announced her plan to resign as the CEO of Planned Parenthood. However, the abortion giant has not yet confirmed her announcement, The Christian Times noted.

In the more than 10 years that she has been with Planned Parenthood, Richards had been able to expand the reach of the organization. However, her tenure has also been peppered with a number of  scandals including an alleged sex abuse cover-up and baby body parts trafficking.

In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos which allegedly showed Planned Parenthood officials admitting their participation in the sale of aborted baby body parts. While Richards said the videos were edited in a deceptive manner, forensic studies concluded that the audio of the videos were not manipulated.

Meanwhile, CMP David Daleiden has remarked at the timing of Richards' reported resignation amid a federal investigation over the sale of aborted baby body parts. He also called on Planned Parenthood's new leadership to cooperate fully with the Department of Justice in the investigation.