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More Than 17 Million Low-Income Women in Our Country Need Publicly Funded Family Planning Services

WASHINGTON, DC — Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) the nation's leading reproductive health care advocate and provider, called on the Bush administration today to replace anti-birth control, anti-sex education advocate Eric Keroack with a qualified family planning and women’s health expert. Keroack resigned this week as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, a critical women’s health post that oversees Title X, our nation’s family planning program.
PPFA President Cecile Richards issued the following statement on the news of the resignation — and the interim appointment of Evelyn Kappeler to oversee Title X.
“On behalf of the more than 17 million women who need access to publicly funded family planning services, Planned Parenthood calls on the Bush administration to do the right thing and appoint a truly qualified women’s health advocate and expert to this critical post.  The appointee must understand the public health benefits of access to birth control and family planning care. The Bush administration has the opportunity to stand up for prevention and health -- instead of pushing ideology and politics.
"We are eager to learn more about Ms. Kappeler’s credentials and track record on women’s health.”


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Erin Kiernon, 202-360-1198
Andrea Hagelgans, 646-369-8617


May 13, 2014