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Planned Parenthood Statement on International Women's Day

Planned Parenthood Federation of America released the following statement today in recognition of March 8, International Women’s Day.

Statement of Latanya Mapp Frett, vice president of International, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“Today is International Women’s Day, perhaps an appropriate moment to examine what the House spending bill, H.R. 1, would mean for women beyond our borders.  The House Appropriations Committee’s FY11 continuing resolution (H.R. 1) slashes international funding for family planning by nearly one-third, reinstates the 'global gag rule,' and defunds the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

“Reinstating the global gag rule (also known as the “Mexico City policy”) doesn’t save money. The gag rule bans organizations that provide or advocate for abortion with their own funds from receiving U.S. funding to do other work. The motivation behind these cuts is clear:  an attack on family planning rooted in ideology, not fact.  Family planning is preventive health care, far cheaper than the expense of paying for the consequences women face when they cannot plan their pregnancies.

“On International Women’s Day, stand with Planned Parenthood by calling on the Senate to oppose these cuts that do nothing to help the economy at home or abroad.  H.R. 1 threatens the health and lives of women and children everywhere, and threatens our leadership in global health.  Today is a day to honor and acknowledge women around the world.  To do so we must stand strong against these ideological attacks and let Congress know that family planning cuts, funding bans, and gag rules don’t save money, they cost lives.”

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Planned Parenthood Media Office, 212-261-4433

Published: 03.08.11

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