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Planned Parenthood Federation of America Mourns the Loss of Senator Edward Kennedy

Statement of Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards



Washington, DC – “The Planned Parenthood Federation of America family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our nation’s strongest leaders, Senator Edward Kennedy. Ted Kennedy is survived by a legacy of providing a voice to those Americans who otherwise would not have been heard. Through his leadership and utter dedication to standing up for people who are less fortunate, Senator Kennedy paved the way for many Americans to improve their lives, build stronger families and ultimately forge a stronger nation.

“Senator Kennedy was a pioneer champion of health care reform. He understood that in order to live the American dream every American first needs to be healthy, and that access to affordable, quality health care is critical to that goal. He was also a true champion of women’s health and rights, believing strongly that women should have equal access to opportunities including education, jobs, and health care.

“Senator Kennedy’s absence at this time in our nation’s struggle to ensure all Americans have access to the health care they deserve is profound. We will miss his heartfelt commitment to reform, his leadership in our effort, and most of all his friendship.”

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 850 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.



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Diane Quest, 202-973-4882

Published: 08.26.09

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