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City Officials Issue Permit

Aurora Struggle Reflects Growing Battle Against Politics Trumping Health Care
Statement of Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Today, Planned Parenthood is pleased to announce that its Aurora health center has opened and is now serving the women and families of Aurora. The decision by city officials to grant Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area a permit to open is a victory for the women and families of Aurora. Like many communities across the country, Aurora has a growing need for affordable health care and access to reproductive health care services. The Planned Parenthood Aurora health center brings much-needed health care services to the members of the community, regardless of their income.

Still, we are concerned that the struggles the Aurora center faced in opening may be reflective of a growing battle against politics trumping health care, and increased barriers to reproductive health care access. As the nation’s most trusted reproductive health care provider, Planned Parenthood is taking on that fight every day.


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Erin Kiernon, 212-261-4337


May 13, 2014