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Washington, DC — Today, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced that she is rescinding necessary Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault.

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

This move by the Trump Administration is simply shameful. Not only is Trump pushing a bill through Congress that would strip health care away from millions of women and their children, but his administration just did away with protections for students who are survivors of sexual harassment or violence. It’s high time for this administration to stop putting women in its crosshairs. Survivors of sexual assault deserve an administration that stands behind them, not one that makes it harder for them to seek justice. We must do all we can to combat sexual harassment and violence. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for women and our patients – no matter what.

 

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