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New York, NY—Planned Parenthood applauds the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Gayle Smith to serve as the next Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council, brings to the position an impressive record on global development and democracy. For years, she has been devoted to tackling some of the most challenging humanitarian needs of our time.

“Gayle Smith steps into the role of USAID Administrator at a critical juncture, when strong leadership at USAID is essential,” said Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global. “As we face a humanitarian crisis with Syrian refugees, aim to reach our goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths, and work to continue the unprecedented momentum globally to reduce the unmet need for modern contraceptives, among other challenges, her visionary leadership will be key to creating change.

“Planned Parenthood knows the importance of driven leadership, experience, and passion in making a difference in the lives of people around the world. We look forward to working with Administrator Smith in furthering our shared mission of improving the health and rights of women and young people all over the world.”


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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November 30, 2015