Published: | Updated: 04.06.12
St. Paul, MN – Today hundreds have gathered outside the Planned Parenthood health center in St. Paul to protest the important work Planned Parenthood does serving the health care needs of women.
“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 that these protesters do in a lifetime.”
Minnesotans have linked arms with Planned Parenthood to support its work during the protest. A number of multi-faith, pro-choice prayer services will be held throughout the day by a various religious organizations in a show of support for PPMNS and the women we serve. “We are grateful for and strengthened by their presence today,” Stoesz commented.
Supporters have chosen to “Pledge- a- Protestor” this year, designating a pledge amount for each protestor that shows up outside of the clinic on Friday. The money raised will help Planned Parenthood provide basic, preventive health care to women. Staff and supporters of PPMNS are also asked 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 www.ppmns.org