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St. Paul, MN – March 8, 2017 – Today on International Women’s Day, the Women’s March organizers are asking supporters to participate in the #DayWithoutAWoman General Strike by withdrawing from corporations that harm women and finding ways to support businesses, organizations and communities that support and sustain women. The following is Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota’s (PPMNS) statement of solidarity.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th with partners and allies around the world, PPMNS is supporting #DayWithoutAWoman by leaning into what Planned Parenthood does best -- providing services and care that supports and sustains women and families.

For a century, Planned Parenthood has been the leading provider of women’s reproductive health care and has been working globally to advance sexual and reproductive health care by supporting partners across Africa and Latin America.  Now, more than ever, as our rights are under attack and our contributions are being taken for granted, supporting working women is critical to protecting and expanding on the progress we’ve made.

Today, PPMNS stands with our local communities by providing the affordable and compassionate care that women and families deserve. Health care – in particular access to birth control and safe abortion – is a major economic issue for women.  Staff members are wearing buttons as a show of solidarity and they’ll be talking to patients, partners, and education participants about the importance of economic justice for women.

This is a global moment of solidarity, celebration, and resistance. This is a moment to work for gender equity.  This is a moment to stand together and support one another.

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For more than 85 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