Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on President Barack Obama Signing Bill to Repeal the Ban on Gays in the Military
“Planned Parenthood applauds President Obama and Congress for repealing the discriminatory ban against gays in the military. This bill is a milestone in civil rights history and will allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military with dignity.
“Most importantly, this repeal will strengthen our armed forces and make our country safer.
“Planned Parenthood supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community by providing unbiased, quality health care and information that helps all patients fully understand their sexual orientation and gender identity. Every person deserves honest information and health care because it is central to self-understanding and how one relates to others. Equal rights supported by the government serve to lessen discrimination and allow individuals the opportunity to fulfill the dreams and aspirations they have in life."
December 22, 2010
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 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
December 22, 2010