WASHINGTON D.C. -- Planned Parenthood issued the following statement following the tragic shootings in Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY this past week.
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
Our hearts go out to those affected by the shootings in Pittsburgh and Louisville this week. Hate, racism, and anti-Semitism have no place in our society. We condemn these acts of terror and any attempt to spread intimidation, hate, or violence against people because of their faith or race. As a health care provider, the patients we serve every day are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. Lawmakers must listen to advocates calling for gun violence prevention and take action to protect our communities. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life free from fear and violence.
Statement from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Clergy Advocacy Board:
As religious leaders from diverse faiths and communities serving on the Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood, our souls go out to all who are impacted by the tragic shootings in Pittsburgh and Louisville. An attack on one faith community is also an attack on all faith communities, as well as against our strong and diverse American democracy. May we all work for a time when each human being can pray without worry, when every place of worship is safe and secure, when no one should fear violence in their home, on the street and whenever people gather in peace.
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 600 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.
Since 1994, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Clergy Advocacy Board (CAB) has led a national effort to increase public awareness of the theological and moral basis for advocating reproductive health. CAB members are dedicated clergy and faith leaders from different denominations and communities throughout the U.S. who work with Planned Parenthood at the national and state levels to further the goal of full reproductive freedom for all.