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More than 2,000 joined New York Planned Parenthood affiliates at the Women’s March on NYC to call for New York to be a leader on sexual and reproductive health and rights

NEW YORK – Today a sea of thousands of pink-clad Planned Parenthood activists, patients, supporters and staff marched in the Women’s March on NYC to fight for reproductive health, rights and justice. New York-based Planned Parenthood affiliates celebrated the millions who marched a year ago in support of women and social change by taking to the streets once again.

Planned Parenthood of New York City, Planned Parenthood Nassau County, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley and Planned Parenthood Upper Hudson marched to make it clear that the Trump Administration’s and Congress’ attempts to divide us and our movements are not working.

Planned Parenthood joined a pre-march rally with partners from the New York Civil Liberties Union, National Institute for Reproductive Health, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYC Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council members, and other elected officials. Planned Parenthood of New York City President and CEO Laura McQuade called on New York State officials to update the state’s abortion law and codify Roe v. Wade, and to commit to improving access to birth control and all health care for all people.

“The 2017 Women’s March unleashed a collective energy for change that continues to this day,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City. “President Trump and Congress have spent the last year pushing policies to take away our hard won rights, roll back our ability to make decisions about our own lives, and block access to the fundamental health care we need and deserve. And we’ve responded with the largest grassroots movement in a generation. New York must be a leader in this fight. We have the momentum behind us and we won’t stop fighting until ALL New Yorkers have the ability to live the fullest lives they can.”

“We march to demand full equality for women,” JoAnn Smith, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County. “We know that 2018 promises to be a pivotal year for women's health and rights. If 2017 taught us anything, it is that woman are a potent political force in fighting for a just world.”

“The Women’s March tapped into an energy that is even more powerful one year later,” Vincent Russell, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. “In the past year, we defeated Trumpcare and attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, witnessed voters turn out to make their voice heard with amazing results, and saw victims of sexual harassment speak out and say no more! I continue to be amazed by our dedicated supporters who turn out, sign petitions, and march to ensure that each individual is empowered to determine their own reproductive future and have control over their own body.”

“There are so many individuals who deeply care about the work Planned Parenthood does, the crucial services we provide, and our mission to empower people to make their own reproductive choices,” said Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. “This weekend’s Women’s March demonstrations are an energizing example of just how many people care enough to take to the streets and stand with us.”

"We must step forward to achieve our goals,” says Robin Chappelle Golston, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts. “While the Women's March started in the streets like many other social movements throughout history, the energy and power must transition into deeper action to create lasting change in policies and laws, to counter this harmful federal agenda. We must march toward seats in the halls of power, call out injustice and push for legislative change locally and on a state level. We must protect our people against discriminatory and damaging policies that impact access to justice, health care and progress in this country.”