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Press Release: January 23, 2009

Press Contact: Erica Sackin
(212) 274-7294/


Act is Expected to Help Save the Lives of Millions; Group Hopes to See Same Action on Bush-Era Health Care Restrictions at Home

Statement from Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City and Margaret Sanger Center International:

“Planned Parenthood of New York City applauds President Barack Obama for overturning the harmful 'global gag rule.' With this action, a stranglehold on women’s health around the world has been lifted.

For the past eight years, the Bush administration’s gag rule has prevented countless women overseas from receiving the full range of reproductive services they need to protect their health and strengthen their economic stability. An estimated 20 million unsafe abortions occur every year, a number that has been exacerbated by the gag rule.

Now, millions of women around the world will be able to access critical basic services including safe abortion and birth control. Thanks to President Obama, thousands of health care providers will once again be able to inform women of their full range of health care options, while others will now be eligible for international family planning funding. No longer will any health care provider be forced to choose between losing critical family planning funding and restricting the health care services and counseling they provide to women.

As a health care provider, we at Planned Parenthood of New York City know just how important it is that patients receive a full range of options, information and services. Thank you, President Obama, for helping to save the lives of millions of women overseas. It is truly gratifying to finally have a president who values the life and health of women around the world. We now look forward to your reversal of the onerous restrictions on health care providers at home, such as the midnight HHS regulations instituted in the last days of the Bush administration that prevent patients from receiving a full range of information and services.”


Joan Malin is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. To schedule and interview please contact Erica Sackin at (212) 274-7394 or

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