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August 14, 2014

Ms. Ford,

Thank you for speaking so honestly in your open letter addressing the events that occurred at the Women With A Vision film screening and discussion that took place yesterday evening.

Melissa Flournoy, the Louisiana State Director, made comments and conducted herself in a manner not at all reflective of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's and Planned Parenthood Federation of America's values and beliefs. This is absolutely unacceptable and I will take immediate action to address this situation.  On behalf of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, I offer my sincerest apology to you and others who were in attendance.

I truly understand that Planned Parenthood must do better.  Not just in New Orleans, but in every community we serve.  That is our intent and our commitment. Thank you for calling us out. It is essential that we be able to engage in an open, honest dialogue. We are striving to do more, to understand more deeply, and to be an authentic ally to all.  I look forward to speaking with and listening to you and others about how we at Planned Parenthood can become a true partner and work better together.


Melaney A. Linton

President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast


Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc.


August 15, 2014