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Planned Parenthood Statement on Shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Statement from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:

"The thoughts, wishes, and prayers of the entire Planned Parenthood family are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and all of the victims of the tragic shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona today.  Congresswoman Giffords is an invaluable and indefatigable advocate and public servant whom we respect for her courageous leadership on behalf of the people of Arizona and women everywhere.  She is a fearless champion of health care for all Americans, and she played a vital role in the passage of the most important health care legislation in our nation's history. She is a close friend of Planned Parenthood, and our staff and supporters in Arizona and across the country fervently hope for her recovery. We mourn all who were killed in this tragedy, and we will keep their families in our thoughts and prayers."

 

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Planned Parenthood is the nationís leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. 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 820 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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Planned Parenthood Media Office, 212-261-4433

Published: 01.08.11

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