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Statement by Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, on Rep. Bart Stupak’s Announcement That He Will Not Run for Re-election

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 04.09.10

“Clearly it is time for change in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District.  Rep. Stupak needlessly jeopardized the historic health care reform law through his single-minded attempt to take away private insurance coverage for abortion that millions of women have today.  Fortunately, Planned Parenthood and its supporters and congressional allies worked tirelessly to keep the Stupak abortion coverage ban out of the final health care reform bill.

“Voters in Michigan deserve a representative who will put their interests and needs ahead of narrow ideological aims. That’s why the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Connie Saltonstall for U.S. Representative and will be working hard to elect her to Congress.

“Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s efforts to stop Stupak’s dangerous anti-choice legislation energized pro-choice women in Michigan and across the country. We will be tapping the same energy during the upcoming 2010 elections.”

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.