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Yesterday, Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a global, intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global:

“Nikki Haley has a long track record of attacking women’s health and rights as governor of South Carolina, and I’m disappointed to see that harmful history carry over into her role as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. At CSW, facing her first real test on women’s rights as Ambassador, Haley has missed an opportunity to lead by example and comment substantively on the significant barriers facing women and girls in the U.S. and worldwide. Haley speaks about the need to come together, yet her words ring hollow following her choice to include the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), a designated hate group, and Heritage Foundation, an organization that has advocated for cuts to violence against women programs, in the official U.S. delegation to CSW. I am troubled to witness the erosion of U.S. leadership in women’s rights at the United Nations.”


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 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.

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.


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March 17, 2017