July 31, 2013 — In this week's New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin profiles Texas native Cecile Richards -- president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and daughter of former Gov. Ann Richards (D) -- and examines the organization's efforts to mobilize opposition to a controversial antiabortion-rights bill enacted in the state this summer.
Toobin explores how Richards' family's passion for politics and social justice helped prepare her for her current role. He notes that despite the outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood during the recent Texas fight, "Richards is facing formidable political adversaries" in the state and nationally. He also speaks with state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) -- who "demonstrated the appeal of a little combativeness" and drew national attention by filibustering the bill for 11 hours (Toobin, New Yorker, 8/5).