Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) Highlights International Women's Day

Calls on Secretary Kerry to Prioritize Women’s Health


Kristen Glundberg-Prossor 206-328-7714

Published: 03.08.13| Updated: 03.08.13

Below is a statement from Christine Charbonneau, CEO Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest on the importance of International Women’s Day:

“International Women’s Day, March 9, marks an important opportunity to reflect on the status of women no matter where they live.  At Planned Parenthood, we work every day to ensure that women and girls across the globe have access to quality, affordable health care, including birth control, to allow them to prevent unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and HIV/AIDs. Access to family planning is both a health issue and an economic issue.

“At PPGNW, our international projects aim to increase access to family planning, prevent unsafe abortions and related consequences, and empower women and youth. PPGNW collaborates with local NGOs in developing countries to provide vital clinical, educational, and advocacy expertise. This past week, we hosted two staff members from MAMI, our partner organization in the Dominican Republic; they visited our health centers, observed PPGNW health education programs, and met with staff to get ideas about how to strengthen their own sexual and reproductive health education program.
“Time and again we see that countries are stronger when women play an equal role in society from running businesses to participating in policymaking. It is this strategic interest as much as an issue of women’s rights that motivated the Obama administration to make family planning programs a key foreign policy priority under Secretary Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

“As John Kerry takes over as Secretary of State, we have a renewed opportunity to draw attention to the 222 million women worldwide who want to prevent unintended pregnancy but lack access to birth control.  PPGNW calls on our Congressional delegations in Alaska, Idaho and Washington to support Secretary Kerry in continuing the work that Secretary Clinton began by voting in favor of funding for these programs in the Foreign Operations budget.”


Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 28 health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  We rely heavily on support from donors to help sustain responsible reproduction.

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