For Immediate Release
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards Statement on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON - "Thirty-seven years ago today, the Roe v. Wade decision
solidified the right to choose for American women. Today, as we
celebrate and reflect on the landmark ruling, we are reminded that
deciding whether and when to become a parent is one of the most
personal and important choices we make.
"However, a women's right to make personal health care decisions is
under continuous assault by anti-choice organizations and individuals
who use harassment and intimidation tactics in their attempt to deter
women from seeking health care and doctors from providing it. Just
this past year, we mourned the loss of Dr. George Tiller who was killed
while he was serving as an usher in his church. In addition to
harassment and intimidation tactics, anti-choice elected officials in
state legislatures across the country frequently seek to erect barriers
to prevent women from receiving timely, affordable care, including
onerous measures like biased counseling, mandatory waiting periods and
targeted restrictions on abortion providers.
"As we have for more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood remains
steadfastly committed to both fighting efforts to undermine women's
health and providing a wide range of lifesaving preventive services
like cancer screenings, contraception counseling, and abortion when it
is the medical choice of the woman and those she trusts."
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