Press Releases

Monday, July 20, 2015

NLIRH Responds to Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Statement from Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: ​

"When I was a college student on a limited income, I sought out reproductive health services and contraception at the Planned Parenthood near my campus. I faced an onslaught of anti-choice activists who physically accosted me when I was attempting to enter the clinic. I remember vowing then to fight so that no person should ever experience these types of attacks when trying to access the reproductive health care they need, whether it is a Pap smear, breast cancer screening, contraception or abortion.​

The recent manipulated and misleading attacks on Planned Parenthood are yet another political attempt to target providers of reproductive health services in an effort to ban abortion altogether. In 2013, 22 percent of Planned Parenthood patients were Latino — more than 575,000 people. Our communities rely on Planned Parenthood for quality healthcare, and we will not tolerate any attempts to cut Latinas off from this care.​

The individuals behind the "Center for Medical Progress" created a fake health care company and ran it for three years, in order to try to get footage they could manipulate and make false claims about. It’s an unbelievably elaborate and troubling deception, and it may well have violated laws along the way.​

A woman who has decided to end her pregnancy deserves respect and support, not attacks on her or her health provider. Those who decide to donate tissue for potentially life-saving research have also made a decision that deserves our respect. Political attacks on Planned Parenthood, other abortion providers, or those who need their services are unacceptable. We stand with Planned Parenthood and against these malicious attacks on healthcare and personal decision-making."​

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.