April 9, 2011
After a campaign that rallied hundreds of thousands across the country on behalf of Planned Parenthood, congressional leaders reached a budget deal late Friday night that spared Title X, the nation’s family planning program.
“Common sense has prevailed, “said Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “A shutdown of the federal government because of an ideological standoff over Planned Parenthood would have been outrageous and shameful,” said Stoesz
Minnesotans joined women and families across the country to let congress members know that Planned Parenthood provides needed services, prevents unintended pregnancies and saves money.
“Hundreds of thousands of people came forward on our behalf during this very challenging time. We're very thankful to the patients who were willing to share the stories of the care they received from Planned Parenthood and how it changed their lives. We're thankful to donors, who redoubled their support. We're thankful to the elected officials who stood up for what was right. And we're thankful to each and every person who phoned, wrote and raised a hand for Planned Parenthood,” said Stoesz.
The groundswell of support was an inspiring reminder of our role as a needed and appreciated member of the community.
In Minnesota alone, more than fifty thousand women rely on Planned Parenthood’s Title X supported clinics each year for access to preventive health care such a cancer screenings and birth control.
Planned Parenthood’s Title X supported clinics provide an array of preventive health services, such as birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings; pelvic exams and pap smears, high blood pressure, diabetes, and anemia screening; testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, basic infertility services, pregnancy testing and comprehensive health education.
“These clinics are part of the fabric of the communities they serve,” Stoesz said.
More than ninety five percent of Planned Parenthood's work involves preventive services that help women, families, and communities stay healthy.
Contact: Kathi Di Nicola, 651.755.9557