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The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) congratulate Senator Al Franken on being sworn in as the junior senator from Minnesota.

“Senator Al Franken has been a strong supporter and advocate for women’s health and women’s rights.  We look forward to working with him on important issues, such as health care reform and women’s access to reproductive health care.  With Senator Al Franken in office, we are one step further along in protecting women’s health, preventing unintended and teen pregnancies, and ensuring a safe and healthy future for women and families,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards.

“On this important day, we congratulate Senator Al Franken and look forward to having another strong advocate for the health and well-being of Minnesota women and families working in Washington,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “He is a pro-choice and pro-women’s health champion who will be a strong voice for Minnesota, especially working to protect and promote women’s health and prevent unintended pregnancy.”

Senator Franken has long been a champion of women’s health and centered his campaign around the need for health care access for all Minnesotans.

“Health care reform is being debated in Congress and Minnesotans deserve to have two United States senators representing our interests in Washington. PPMNS is pleased that Senator Franken will be a strong voice for women’s health during this historic debate,” Stoesz said.


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


Tait Sye, 202-973-4882


May 14, 2014