New York, NY — Planned Parenthood Federation of America condemns the updated executive order signed today that continues the harmful suspension of the refugee program, severely limits refugee entry into the U.S., and imposes nationalization-based restrictions on those seeking to enter the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries.
Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“Once again, President Trump’s executive order misses the mark. The White House’s revised executive order signed today again effectively restricts the ability of immigrants and refugees to enter this country based on their country of origin and religious background. This minor update doesn't dismiss the fact that this is still an appalling attack on refugees and Muslims that is just as damaging to communities as the previous policy.
“The Planned Parenthood community is made up of people from all walks of life — consisting of immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds and faith communities, including Muslims.
“Our health centers are proud to provide high-quality care to everyone regardless of faith, country of origin, immigrant or refugee status, or to those who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn for health care.
“These policies are fundamentally flawed, and no amount of rewriting will fix them. We are prepared to stand alongside our partners to fight back against this targeting and discrimination.”
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 over 650 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 media office: 212-261-4433
March 06, 2017