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New York, NY — Planned Parenthood is teaming up with longtime supporter Lena Dunham on the Not That Kind of Girl book tour, participating in events in nine cities in October. Planned Parenthood organizations will share information about their health care services, education programs, and advocacy work, as well as how to get involved in volunteer opportunities in each community.

“Planned Parenthood is delighted to team up with Lena Dunham on the Not That Kind of Girl book tour,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Lena is an unwavering supporter of reproductive health and rights, as well as a trailblazing storyteller who inspires and empowers a generation. We are proud that she is standing with us.

Dunham has been a strong supporter of women’s health and rights for years. Last year, she accepted a Planned Parenthood Maggie Award for Media Excellence for her realistic and honest portrayal of the complex issues facing young women today on her TV show, Girls. She regularly speaks out on behalf of Planned Parenthood.

“I’m thrilled that Planned Parenthood is my guest on my book tour,” Lena Dunham said. “Planned Parenthood is a group close to my heart because it protects the health and rights of women, and I’m so grateful to Planned Parenthood organizations for everything they do for women and young people every day. The men and women who work at Planned Parenthood health centers across America are heroes to me, and I truly believe they are doing some of the most vital and important work in our country right now.”

Not that Kind of Girl is a collection of essays, including a chapter about Lena’s experiences with endometriosis and her relationship with her gynecologist.  An excerpt entitled “Difficult Girl” was released in The New Yorker’s September 1st issue. The book went on sale Tuesday, September 30.

“I can’t think of a more important time to show my support for women’s health,” Dunham continued. “With the recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, it’s critical that we all do everything we can to ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive and sexual health care without their bosses or politicians or judges getting in the way.  Planned Parenthood will have a presence on my tour so that people can learn about Planned Parenthood health services and the invaluable information that Planned Parenthood educators provide, and become involved as advocates and volunteers.”

More information about the book tour can be found on Dunham’s website, www.lenadunham.com.


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.


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October 02, 2014

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