To our Patients, Supporters and Community Members,

The shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five police officers in Dallas are horrific. This is a difficult time for many in our community and Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley stands in continued support for justice and peace.

Below is a statement regarding the recent events from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, that I believe resonates with all of us.

Statement from Cecile Richards:
“The horrific shootings that took the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this week, and the violence that took the lives of five law enforcement officers in Dallas, are beyond comprehension. We are heartbroken for the families of those killed, and for all people who live under the shadow of our country’s systemic and institutional racism and violence. We must acknowledge that the movement for Black lives does not call for violence, but an end to it. Last night’s shooting in Dallas did not represent the peaceful protest that was tragically interrupted.

“Planned Parenthood is committed to civil rights, social justice, and reproductive rights for all.  We stand with reproductive justice partners who have long proclaimed that women must be able to decide not only if and when to have a baby and the conditions of giving birth — but also that they must be able to parent their children in safe environments and healthy communities without fear of violence from individuals or the government. To our colleagues and patients of color, to those living in and connected with communities of color, to everyone invested in health equity and racial and reproductive justice:  We stand with you.  We are listening to you.  We are here for you.

“We will continue to fight for a country in which people of color are truly cared for and in which their lives, families, and communities are better and healthier and can live free of violence.”

PPMHV will be working with our allies and partners as we learn of organized rallies, protests and vigils that may take place in our area and we will be sharing with our patients and supporters on social media.  If you have not yet joined our social media platforms, please do.

We encourage you to find out what community response is being organized in your area and attend if you can.

Sincerely,

Ruth-Ellen

President & CEO

Source

Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Inc.

Published

July 29, 2016