CONTACT: Emily Shaftel
St. Paul, MN – 1.21.2017 – Today Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota President and CEO, Sarah Stoesz, spoke at the Minnesota Women’s March. She said,
“We are here today to link arms and fight for the values we know make our state and our country great. President Trump and leaders in Congress mistakenly think they have a mandate to push policies that punish and attack women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of faith. We are here to tell them they could not be more wrong.
“We will never go back to the days when being a woman was legally branded by insurance companies as a pre-existing condition. We will never go back to a time when birth control was not covered by insurance, but Viagra was. We will never go back to a time when abortion was illegal.
“We believe—and a majority of Americans and Minnesotans agree—that all people should be able to control their reproductive health and decide when and if they want to have children. That every single child in our country has a right to be born to a family that wants and cherishes that child, and to live in a world free of violence. And that everyone, regardless of where they are from, what color they are, what language they speak, how much money they have, or who they love, should have access to a seat at opportunity’s table.
“Planned Parenthood’s motto is “Care. No matter what.” No matter what extremist interest groups or politicians falsely claim about the health care services we offer, we’re going to keep doing what we do. No matter what some Minnesota state legislators try to do, we’re not going away. No matter what Trump, Pence, and Ryan say about wanting to control and punish women, we’re going to be here—no matter what. We’re up for this fight, just like we’ve been up for it for the past 100 years. Our doors will stay open.
“We can’t change the outcome of the election. But we won’t lose hope, because there are a lot of things we can change. We can change the hearts and minds of Minnesotans and Americans who have been lied to by extremist interest groups and certain politicians. We can stand up for what we believe—but do it even more energetically, more generously, more whole-heartedly, more courageously and more loudly. And two years from now, we can change the Minnesota Legislature and the U.S. Congress to protect against future attacks on women’s health. So, let’s get to work.”
For almost 90 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 19 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 64,000 women and men each year.
Visit us on the web at www.ppmns.org
January 21, 2017