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Washington, DC – Today, Planned Parenthood issued the below statement condemning the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA.  

Statement from Cecile Richards, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

The protests led by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, are an appalling and horrifying attack on people of color and the Jewish community. This was not an exercise of free speech, it was an explicit display of the racism that still exists in our nation, led by people who came prepared for confrontation.

"Now, more than ever, it is unacceptable to remain silent as marginalized and oppressed communities still face violence and hatred simply for standing up for the freedom, liberty and justice they deserve. We must not only condemn these actions, but also work relentlessly and collectively to put an end to white supremacy. In order for our country to live up to its promise and democratic values, bigotry of all kinds must be rejected.

“Planned Parenthood stands with people of color and allies in the face of such appalling attacks fueled by hate.

Statement from Jenny Black, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic:

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic condemns the ideology of white nationalism and its tactics of intimidation through racist violence, fear, and hate. As a trusted healthcare provider in Charlottesville for decades, our strength and commitment to Charlottesville are built on the diversity of our staff, the patients we serve, and the community where we live and work.

“We believe in the fundamental right of every person to live free from discrimination regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or economic status. We will tolerate no less

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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 more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood affiliates 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.