Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation Of America, On The Supreme Court’s Rulings on Marriage Equality
June 26, 2013
“These are historic rulings for equality. Reproductive rights are deeply connected to civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We have long stood with LGBT people – many of whom turn to Planned Parenthood for health care, information, and education – in the fight for full equality.
“This country is seeing extraordinary progress on marriage equality, rooted in principles that underlie the work Planned Parenthood does every day: that politicians should not get to decide what your family looks like, and that rights in this country should not depend on the state where you live. Today, we celebrate these rulings and commit to ensuring that all LGBT people are safe, supported, and respected.”
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
June 26, 2013