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The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead opens on July 9 in Pontiac to benefit Planned Parenthood (Rochester Citizen)

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Published: 06.28.11| Updated: 06.28.11

On Saturday, July 9, 2011, Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, will be performing at 8 p.m. at the Historic Eagle Theater next door to the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 South Saginaw, Pontiac, Michigan. The show, “Planned Parenthood: WTF (What’s the Fuss)?” opens Winstead’s six-city, national tour to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.

Winstead has been incensed by the political attacks against women’s health care on the both the state and federal levels.

“If creating jobs is the number one priority for politicians in this country,” said Winstead, “why are they so focused on my uterus? My uterus doesn't create jobs; in fact it no longer even does the one it's supposed to.”

In recent months, Planned Parenthood has fought to keep critical state and federal funds to provide uninsured patients preventive health care, including annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control—97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services. Combined state and federal cuts could potentially deny 17,000 needy Michigan residents access to these life-saving services.

“Women's health care has become the number one focus of extremists – even worse, it has been reduced to a bargaining chip,” said Winstead. “I say enough is enough, and so should anyone who has relied on Planned Parenthood for basic healthcare, or knows someone who has.”

Winstead’s national tour, “Planned Parenthood: I Am Here For You,” is designed to raise awareness, friends and funds for the organization, and to encourage the one in five women who use Planned Parenthood to speak publicly about the organization’s role in delivering mainstream, preventive, life-saving medical care.

“Planned Parenthood has been there for me in every facet of my reproductive health, and now I want to be there for them,” she said.“The time to stand up for this consistent provider of affordable, high-quality health care is now.”

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at miplannedparenthood.org.

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