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In response to Kansas Governor Brownback’s announcement that he has directed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to investigate allegations resulting from illicitly obtained videos filled with false accusations against Planned Parenthood, PPKM President and CEO Laura McQuade issued the following statement today:

Statement from Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri

“These political attacks claiming that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation or illegal activity are simply not true. Some Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country have programs for women and families who want to donate tissue to leading research institutions that will use it to help find treatment and cures for diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Our affiliate does not have or participate in tissue donation programs. Planned Parenthood follows all laws and has the highest medical and ethical standards. The fact that Planned Parenthood in Kansas does not participate in tissue donation programs underscores that calls for an investigation are about political grandstanding, not facts. This is yet another orchestrated attempt to restrict access to safe, legal abortion in Kansas and to the needed services Planned Parenthood has provided for nearly 100 years. We will, of course, cooperate fully with any investigation.”

 

FURTHER BACKGROUND:

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Planned Parenthood is a vital resource for our community and for women and families throughout Kansas and Missouri. We are a trusted advocate and source of health care and education for thousands of women, men, and children. For 80 years, women have relied on Planned Parenthood to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. 

Source

Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Contact

Sheila Kostas, 913.345.4635
Elise Higgins, 785.249.5862

Published

July 21, 2015