Planned Parenthood's new chief: 'We're not political by nature, but we've been politicized'
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Planned Parenthood's new president said Tuesday that the organization has been “politicized” by abortion opponents and that it is first and foremost a health group.

“We are primarily a health care provider. We provide access to sexual and reproductive health, in some cases primary care,” Alexis McGill Johnson told CBS News in her first interview since becoming head of Planned Parenthood.

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“We’re not political by nature, but we’ve been politicized, and that fight has actually been our focus, to ensure that our health centers stay open,” she added.

State legislatures this year have introduced more than 300 bills seeking to restrict abortion bans, according to CBS. States such as Kentucky and Georgia passed “heartbeat bans,” which would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, around 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Johnson noted in the interview that 77 percent of Americans said the Supreme Court should uphold Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion. The polling figures were from an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll conducted last month.

“I understand the moral concerns that people may have with respect to abortion. I also believe that what that 77 percent number is telling me is that people want the woman to be able to make that decision in concert with her medical provider and her religious provider,” Johnson said. “The question is really about whether or not the government should be involved in these decisions or if a woman has the right to make these decisions with her god and her doctor.”

Johnson took over as acting president after former Planned Parenthood leader Dr. Leana Wen was removed from her post earlier this month. Wen said in a statement that she left because of “philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”

Johnson on Tuesday called abortion a “critical part of access to full reproductive and sexual health care” and said Planned Parenthood is concerned about whether the Supreme Court will uphold Roe v. Wade with President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE-appointed Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Trump reacts to Ginsburg's death: 'An amazing woman who led an amazing life' McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughProgressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy Senate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg Trump reacts to Ginsburg's death: 'An amazing woman who led an amazing life' MORE.

“What we don’t want to do is go back to times where people were making very awful choices, life-threatening choices to access abortion care or connecting to providers that aren’t as trusted in their communities,” Johnson said.