Published: | Updated: 03.29.13
Sarah Stoesz: “We do more in one day to prevent unintended pregnancy, and therefore the need for abortion, than these protesters do in a lifetime.”
St. Paul, MN – Hundreds will gather outside the Planned Parenthood health center in St. Paul Friday morning to support the important work Planned Parenthood does serving the health care needs of women. Every year on
Good Friday, opponents of women’s health organize a large protest – and Planned Parenthood supporters show up in droves to counter-protest.
“Planned Parenthood is the leading provider and advocate of women’s health care across Minnesota,” said Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS). “One in five women has been to Planned Parenthood at some point in her lifetime. No matter what is going on outside of our doors, we will continue to provide our patients with the high-quality health care they’ve come to expect from us.”
“Last year alone, PPMNS provided more than 60,000 men, women and teens in Minnesota with preventive health care such as life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, pap tests, STI testing and treatment and health education, Stoesz continued. “We do more in one day to prevent unintended pregnancy, and therefore the need for abortion, than these protesters do in a lifetime.”
A number of multi-faith, pro-women’s health prayer services will be held throughout the day. Supporters have the opportunity to “Pledge- a- Protestor” this year, designating a pledge amount for each anti-women’s health protestor that shows up on Friday. The money raised will help Planned Parenthood provide basic, preventive health care to women. Staff and supporters of PPMNS also have an opportunity to bring items for a food drive to benefit a local food shelf.
For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 20 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 64,000 women and men each year.
Visit us on the web at http://www.ppmns.org/