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Statement from Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, regarding the Democratic Party Platform

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

For Immediate Release: 08.13.08

“We applaud the Obama campaign and the members of the Democratic Platform Committee for drafting a strong Democratic platform on women’s health. The platform is unwavering in protecting a woman’s right to choose. It is also a broad victory for women, recognizing that women’s health care is not limited to a single issue. This platform presents a forward-looking focus on reproductive health care and commonsense solutions to prevent unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood has partnered with Sen. Casey on pro-family planning and pro-prevention measures in Congress, including the Prevention Through Affordable Access Act. While Sen. Casey’s position on a woman’s right to choose is at odds with the Democratic Party platform, the Democratic Party’s strength is its diversity of voices.”

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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.