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Planned Parenthood Celebrates Dr. King’s Legacy & Commitment to Health Care Equality

NEW YORK - Planned Parenthood Federation of America released the following statement honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to ensuring equal access to health care for all people – regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation.

In 1966, Dr. King received the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award, the organization’s highest honor, in recognition of his remarkable and unwavering leadership in the advancement of social justice, including his role in furthering reproductive health and rights.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“Planned Parenthood shares Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief that access to high-quality affordable health care is a fundamental right for all people. We know that health care inequality is undeniably linked to poverty, lack of access, racism, sexism, and discrimination in all of its forms. As we continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s legacy, we know that these structural inequalities can only be changed through collective action. That’s why we have a strong tradition of working collaboratively with our partners and various underserved communities to continue to break down these barriers.

“While the Affordable Care Act has provided millions of African Americans with access to critical services and allowed us to make significant strides toward better health care outcomes for all, there is still much work to be done. We honor Dr. King’s memory by continuing to provide services that allow people of all ages, races, and walks of life to reach their fullest potential – this is our part in ensuring a greater equality for all.”


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.


Planned Parenthood Federation of America Media Office, 212-261-4433

Published: 01.20.14

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