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On October 7, Hamas unleashed a brutal attack in Israel, killing over one thousand civilians, sexually assaulting women and girls, and kidnapping over 200 people, many of whom remain captive. 

Planned Parenthood unequivocally condemns the atrocities committed by Hamas, and rape as an act of war in any conflict. Our work is rooted in ensuring that health care is accessible to all and creating a world where people, families, and communities can survive and thrive. We believe that all people should have a right to bodily autonomy, freedom from violence, including sexual assault, and the right to humanitarian aid during times of war and crisis. These values hold true whether those families live in the U.S., or abroad; in Israel or Gaza. 

The war against Hamas in Gaza has now killed thousands of Palestinian civilians, including many women and children, and resulted in a humanitarian crisis in which the people of Gaza lack access to much needed health care, food, water and other aid. We believe that reproductive and maternal health care is a human right and must be provided at all times – including during periods of violence and war. 

Now is the time to stand together against hate in all its forms. Planned Parenthood patients and supporters with loved ones in Israel and Gaza are traumatized and grieving, while also experiencing rising hate and intolerance toward Jewish and Muslim communities in America. As the fighting in Gaza continues, we call for all parties to protect civilians, especially women and children, and to forcefully condemn antisemitism and Islamophobia, in the U.S and around the globe.