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ATLANTA – Planned Parenthood Southeast sadly shares the passing of its longtime former CEO, Kay Scott on March 9, 2024. Kay served as CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Southeast from 1980 to 2012. She oversaw the merging of Planned Parenthood of Georgia with Alabama and Mississippi, creating Planned Parenthood Southeast as we know it today. Kay will be remembered as a kind and fearless leader who touched many hearts and spirits, making a lasting impact on women’s health in the South. We join our entire Planned Parenthood family, those who loved her, and more, in grieving her passing.

Statement from CEO and President Carol McDonald on the Passing of Kay Scott:

"It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Kay Scott, our beloved former CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Southeast. Kay, who served with unwavering passion for women’s healthcare, was more than a leader—she was the embodiment of compassion, courage, and commitment.

I was brought into the Planned Parenthood family 20 years ago under Kay's leadership and remember her fondly as a kind and fearless leader. Her legacy is not only etched in the history of our organization but also in the countless lives she touched through her tireless advocacy for women’s rights, reproductive justice, and health equity. Women, birthing people, families, and countless others across the South are better because of Kay's impact and lasting legacy. Kay Scott's journey, from her early experiences in a women's health clinic in Texas and time at Planned Parenthood in Austin to her role in forming Planned Parenthood Southeast, speaks to her lifetime devoted to advancing reproductive rights and women's healthcare.

In her memory, we vow to continue the collective work she championed, ensuring that Planned Parenthood Southeast remains a beacon of support, compassion, and care for all. In this period of mourning, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and express gratitude for the permanent mark she left on our hearts and the legacy she leaves behind. May her legacy inspire us all to be better advocates for one another and uphold the importance of reproductive justice in the days to come."

Planned Parenthood Southeast plans to honor the life and legacy of Kay Scott at their upcoming “Legends in the Making” Gala on April 20, 2024 in Atlanta.


Planned Parenthood Southeast believes in the fundamental right of each individual to have access to high-quality, non-judgmental health care and prevention-focused education regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, faith identity or immigration status. Our mission is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through the provision of reproductive health services, education and advocacy.



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