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NEW YORK – Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national board announced that after 12 years of service, Cecile Richards will be stepping down as its President in 2018. Under Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood has grown stronger than ever across the country, and Planned Parenthood of New York City has expanded its clinical services, health centers, education programs and advocacy work.

Statement from Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City:

 “Cecile Richards has propelled Planned Parenthood to new heights in health care, education, and advocacy. Planned Parenthood of New York City extends our deepest thanks for her 12 years of service at the helm of the organization. Cecile’s passion, leadership, dedication, and impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights is unmatched. Serving alongside Cecile in support of this mission has been my honor!

In part because of her work at the national level, PPNYC is as strong as it has ever been and is well-positioned to continue fulfilling our mission of delivering high-quality, accessible sexual and reproductive health care and information and ensuring reproductive freedom for all.”

During Cecile’s time as president, Planned Parenthood’s base of supporters grew from 3 million to 11 million, and she helped to build the organization’s donor base to its largest ever. She made sure Planned Parenthood was at the forefront of efforts to expand access to birth control and preventive care under the Affordable Care Act, including helping secure the ACA’s birth control mandate, which provided 55 million women access to no copay birth control.

Over the past decade, Planned Parenthood of New York City has greatly expanded our health care delivery, including opening new health centers in Staten Island and Queens, increasing the number of patients we serve, and greatly expanding our policy and political impact at the New York City and New York State levels.

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Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.