Statement of Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards
Washington, DC – “The Planned Parenthood Federation of America family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our nation’s strongest leaders, Senator Edward Kennedy. Ted Kennedy is survived by a legacy of providing a voice to those Americans who otherwise would not have been heard. Through his leadership and utter dedication to standing up for people who are less fortunate, Senator Kennedy paved the way for many Americans to improve their lives, build stronger families and ultimately forge a stronger nation.
“Senator Kennedy was a pioneer champion of health care reform. He understood that in order to live the American dream every American first needs to be healthy, and that access to affordable, quality health care is critical to that goal. He was also a true champion of women’s health and rights, believing strongly that women should have equal access to opportunities including education, jobs, and health care.
“Senator Kennedy’s absence at this time in our nation’s struggle to ensure all Americans have access to the health care they deserve is profound. We will miss his heartfelt commitment to reform, his leadership in our effort, and most of all his friendship.”
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.
May 14, 2014