On World Refugee Day, Planned Parenthood Declares Health Has No Borders, Doubles Down on Commitment to Expanding Care in the U.S. and Globally

NEW YORK, NY – This World Refugee Day, Planned Parenthood stands with refugees and affirms their right to life, liberty, and health. Health has no borders, and now more than ever we need to focus on expanding access to health care – no matter what, and no matter where.

Statement by Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global

Refugees and migrants are in a constant state of flux and change. Women and girls are the most vulnerable in this already susceptible group, sometimes subjected to rape and assault, whether on the road or even in shelters and camps meant to keep them safe. And for expectant mothers, pregnancy doesn’t wait. Health is a human right, and access to health care including sexual and reproductive health services is vital to safeguarding their health. Today, we stand with refugees all over the world and recognize their right to safe passage and safe asylum.

 

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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 600 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.

For more than 40 years Planned Parenthood Federation of America has supported access to sexual and reproductive health care and advocated for reproductive rights around the world through our international arm, Planned Parenthood Global. In partnership with more than 50 organizations across 12 focus countries in Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of young people, women and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved. Last year, our partners reached over a million people with sexual and reproductive health information and services provided by our partners. Our unique sustainability model sets us apart, as we empower partners to stand on their own. We help grassroots organizations develop solid reproductive health programs, identify other sources of funding, build their communications and advocacy skills, and develop strategic plans.