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WASHINGTON — Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, released the following statement in response to New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s announcement that he will retire at the end of his term.

“Senator Lautenberg has been a true champion for women in the U.S. and around the world. Throughout his distinguished career he has fought to protect and expand U.S. support for international family planning programs to ensure that women and families everywhere have access to the services they require to live healthy and productive lives.

“When Republicans in Congress attempted to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services, Senator Lautenberg was one of our strongest allies – fighting back and working with us to successfully defeat these attacks on women’s health.  His leadership in the Senate will be greatly missed, but we know that he will make the most of these next two years, and look forward to continuing our work with him.”

Support for Family Planning in the U.S. and Globally:
  • Senator Frank R. Lautenberg fought to protect Planned Parenthood against Republican attempts to defund the organization, which would have reduced women’s access to cancer screenings and essential contraception;
  • Fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, which ensures access to birth control with no co-pay for millions of women in the U.S.;
  • Fought to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule, a law that prevents the U.S. from providing financial aid for contraception to international family planning organizations that use their own funding to provide legal abortions;
  • Fought to protect and expand the U.S. contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which works directly with governments in over 150 countries around the world to improve health care and strengthen health systems.


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.


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February 14, 2013


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