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Washington, D.C. – Planned Parenthood Federation of America released the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia, the governor of Maine and the Arizona Department of Education protesting the Obama administration’s direction to schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“In the past year, we’ve seen truly appalling bills and rhetoric targeting the LGBTQ community, especially transgender and gender nonconforming people. The people behind this lawsuit are going after transgender children, many of whom are already targets of bullying and discrimination. These politicians are pushing a political agenda that promotes hate and harassment, and all over a false idea of who transgender people really are.

“We believe everyone should be able to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, and that transgender people, like everyone else, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Planned Parenthood has long stood with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the struggle for full equality — many of whom turn to Planned Parenthood for health care, information and education.

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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 approximately 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.

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May 25, 2016