Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards speaks at the Democratic National Convention. | Getty Images
Wait. There’s a bad episode of “Mad Men?”
Putting that aside, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards energized thousands who packed into the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte Wednesday night with a reference to the wildly popular dramatic series.
She won laughter and applause when she got off one of the memorable lines of the night, referencing the show based in an ad firm in the 1960s that revels in its dark characters, many of whom are morally conflicted. The series offers a sometimes misogynistic portrayal of men in family life and in the workplace.
“It’s like we woke up in a bad episode of Mad Men,” she said, criticizing Republicans’ efforts when it came to women and health care.
It set the stage for remarks later tonight by Sandra Fluke, the woman who conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh famously referred to as a “slut” because for her use of birth control.
Richards, the daughter of the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, told the crowd that the conservative approach on health care was scary, particularly when it came to women’s health issues.
In the last four years, she said: “Thanks to Barack Obama, being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition in America.”