Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Stands in Solidarity with Nation to Protect Access to Safe, Essential Health Care
"While we’ve seen the continuation of hateful rhetoric towards Planned Parenthood by those who oppose our work, their voice clearly does not represent the majority."
MILWAUKEE — In recognition of the National Day of Solidarity to support access to safe reproductive health care following the shooting at a Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs, Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin issued the following statement:
“Today as we reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Colorado Springs last week, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the survivors of the attack. We are grateful to law enforcement agencies and Planned Parenthood staff who handled this tragedy with courage and compassion.
“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our patients and staff. Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place to ensure that our health centers are safe, supportive, welcoming environments for all people accessing the high-quality health care they need.
“While we’ve seen the continuation of hateful rhetoric towards Planned Parenthood by those who oppose our work, their voice clearly does not represent the majority. Our resolve to keep our doors open is stronger than the continued political rhetoric calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood because we care deeply for the people who rely on us for high-quality, nonjudgmental care.
“We stand together in a National Day of Solidarity with those who believe no one should have to face violence, threats or intimidation to access basic health care. We have been overwhelmed by expressions of support by members of the community, our patients and our many of our elected leaders. We are united in our dedication to stand strong no matter what.
“Planned Parenthood has been here for 80 years, and we will be here as long as women, men, and young people need compassionate health care. To those who go to shocking extremes to shut us down, know this: These doors stay open.”
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is a nonprofit health care provider caring for 60,000 patients annually at 22 health centers. 97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s care is preventive health services including well woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, HIV screening, and STD treatment.
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