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(Hawthorne, NY) – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) applauds Governor Paterson’s appointment of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to the United States Senate.

Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) issued the following statement:

“As New York’s new pro-choice Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand will serve as a tireless advocate for women and families.  She truly understands the health care crisis, how hard it is to get and keep adequate insurance coverage, and how important health care is to families and businesses.  She will be an effective and determined voice for access to preventative health care and health care education.  PPHP congratulates Senator Gillibrand and looks forward to working with her to promote and protect reproductive health care policy for all New Yorkers.”


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 16th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 13 medical centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties.  In 2007, PPHP has provided services to over 37,000 patients in over 73,000 visits.  We conducted over 1,700 education programs reaching more than 32,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights.  PPHP has served the community for 75 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health.  Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy than any other health care provider or advocacy group.  PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit http://www.pphp.org/.


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc.


Beverly Katz, (914) 467-7341


January 23, 2009