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Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on Planned Parenthood’s 99th Anniversary


“Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of reproductive and sexual health care and information. Each year, 2.7 million women, men, and young people rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and annual exams – as well as safe and legal abortion. Planned Parenthood also works in schools and communities across the country to provide comprehensive sex education programs and outreach to 1.5 million people of all ages each year.

“As we mark our 99th anniversary, our focus at Planned Parenthood is, as always, on the millions of people we serve in communities across the country. Planned Parenthood started with a commitment to continuously improving people’s access to reproductive and sexual health care and information – and we’re determined to carry that courage and tenacity into our second century. We have been fighting since the beginning, and we will continue to be here for the people who rely on us – now and in the future.

“Despite recent attacks on women’s health and efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, we are more committed than ever to ensuring that every person has the information and care they need to stay healthy and achieve their life goals. We care passionately about helping people live healthier lives. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality health care, and our doors are open to everyone.”

For more information about Planned Parenthood, visit plannedparenthood.org.


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.


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433


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