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Cecile Richards
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

“As countless women and their families struggle to afford quality health care during these difficult economic times, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Gov. Sebelius is a strong advocate for health care reform and has a proven track record of increasing access to affordable care. She has a strong record of supporting commonsense prevention policies that improve health outcomes. Her ability to work in a bipartisan fashion will serve her well as the Obama administration and Congress tackle the critical issue of health care reform for American families.

“We also applaud the appointment of Nancy-Ann DeParle to serve as director of the White House Office for Health Reform. She is one of the leading health policy experts in the country and a strong advocate for meaningful health care reform.
“We hope the Senate acts quickly to confirm Gov. Sebelius so she can get to work on addressing the needs of the American people for affordable, reliable care.”


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


Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433


May 14, 2014