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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Statement by Steve Trombley on the opening of the Aurora clinic

My friends, we stand before you this morning in front of Planned Parenthood’s new health center that is now open to serve the women and families of this community.

Make no mistake – it took a lot for this to happen.

But it was worth it.

Some say this fight is just about abortion. But for Planned Parenthood this fight was about providing a broad range of much-needed health care services to the people in this community.

This fight was about providing life-saving services as pap tests to screen for cervical cancer.

This fight was about providing exams to detect breast cancer and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

This fight was about providing services some take for granted but that many don’t have access to because they are either not available or unaffordable.

And yes, this fight was about providing access to abortion services but we know that the preventative services offered by Planned Parenthood do more to prevent the need for abortion than our opponents will do in a lifetime of protesting.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been instrumental in making sure this facility opened.

I want to thank our board of directors for having the courage to take this project on.

I want to thank our architects and contractors for working with us to build this facility.

I want to thank our staff for their dedication, their courage and their flexibility during this difficult month.

And, most importantly, I want to thank the hundreds of supporters from Aurora and the surrounding community that have welcomed us, fought with us and now are a part of this health center and its mission.

Nearly 850 communities across America have welcomed Planned Parenthood because they know we give women an accessible place to go for quality, affordable health care. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 women in America have visited Planned Parenthood. We have been serving the Chicago area for more than 60 years, and we are now thrilled to call Aurora our new home.

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Anonymous Joe Serra for Congress said...

Congratulations! We were all gearing up to attend tonights protest but now we're gearing up for a celebration.

October 2, 2007 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger jj said...

Congratulations! Canadian pro-choicers are very happy for you!

October 2, 2007 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Jovan said...

Thank you for opening your doors! I wish we had a Planned Parenthood clinic near Barnwell, South Carolina.

October 2, 2007 at 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Vicki in Oakland said...

Best wishes for wanted babies instead of accidents!

October 2, 2007 at 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Keith Lawler said...

I want to congratulate you on your opening.

As the construction superintendent who managed this project, it was frustrating for me to see my hard work mothballed for so long. I am proud of the work that was done there by the people on my crew.

The design and development end of this project was the most organized I had seen, making it one of the smoothest projects I had ever managed. This is in great part due to your construction consultant and your architectural team; they were fantastic.

And the Planend Parenthood Facilities Director was excellent to work with; hard on the issues, but fair in his dealings. His attention to detail surpassed any of the other people I have worked with in his position on other projects.

I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with your team again.

Keith M. Lawler

October 2, 2007 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous An Aurora Catholic Family said...

We are very happy about the Planned Parenthood opening up in our community. We are a family with 5 children and are happy that women will have a choice on services they receive right here in Aurora. Thank you for fighting so hard for our community.

October 2, 2007 at 8:45 PM  

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