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Planned Parenthood congratulates Senator Tina Smith on being sworn in to the United States Senate.  The following is a statement from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) President and CEO Sarah Stoesz.

“United States Senator Tina Smith will be a powerful, moving force for justice and continue her life’s work to improve people’s lives. In every position Senator Smith has held – she has brought her strategic leadership, her finely honed negotiating skills, her business acumen and her passion for women’s health and rights – and we are all better for it.

Smith has been a strong voice for women’s health and rights in Minnesota. As our United States Senator, Tina Smith will be a calm, sensible leader who understands that women can’t earn a living or support their children if they don’t have access to the reproductive health care they need.  

She understands the many factors that affect the health and well-being of Minnesotans. That’s why she’s worked to give all people a fighting chance by raising our educational standards, extending health insurance benefits and increasing human rights and civil rights to marginalized groups.

We can absolutely count on Tina Smith to be a bold leader for the people of our state during this very difficult time in our country.”