Washington, DC -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America released the following statement on reports that President Elect Donald Trump will nominate South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations.
Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global:
“As a leading women’s health care provider and advocate in the United States and globally, Planned Parenthood is deeply troubled by the nomination of Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations.
“Ambassador to the United Nations plays a critical role representing the United States on the global stage and advocating for the interests of women and girls worldwide, among other marginalized communities. It is very concerning to see a candidate with a notable lack of international experience coupled with a long track record of attacking women’s health in South Carolina, including having recently signed an extreme anti-abortion law opposed by the medical community.
“We expect the Senate to conduct a full and fair confirmation process for Governor Haley - including a robust examination and evaluation of her record and her experience to serve in this critical role.
“Should Governor Haley be confirmed, Planned Parenthood will be watching to see if she leaves behind her ideological agenda that has put the health and safety of women in South Carolina at risk - and focus on continuing the U.S.’s role as a leader for women’s rights internationally.”
UN leaders recognize the importance of sexual and reproductive health and gender equality. Just last year, more than 190 countries adopted the ambitious Sustainable Development Agenda, a 15 year plan to end extreme poverty which includes a call for universal access to sexual and reproductive health care.
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 media office: 212-261-4433
November 23, 2016