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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tom Daschle Nominated As Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle to take the lead on health care reform as part of his cabinet and as his nominee for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This is an exciting choice, as Daschle is a respected voice on health care policy and supporter of women's health and women's rights. Read the New York Times story here.

Statement by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“Tom Daschle is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Former Sen. Daschle is a strong advocate for health care reform and understands the need to improve access to quality, affordable health care. We are delighted by his nomination and look forward to working closely with Sen. Daschle on promoting and protecting the full range of women’s health care, including family planning and prevention services.

“We’ve worked closely with Sen. Daschle during his time in the U.S. Senate. Former Sen. Daschle has a strong record of standing up for women’s health and women’s rights and supporting commonsense policies that improve health outcomes for women.

“We also applaud the appointment of Jeanne Lambrew as deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. She is one of the leading health policy experts in the country, and someone who is an advocate for women’s health issues and prevention measures.

“We are confident that President-elect Barack Obama, incoming HHS Secretary Daschle, and Jeanne Lambrew will represent an administration committed to ensuring women’s access to affordable, high-quality health care, family planning and prevention services, and to protecting a women's right to choose. Planned Parenthood is excited about the opportunity of having true partners in the White House and HHS committed to promoting and protecting women’s health.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be interested in hearing a Planned Parenthood opinion about Nadya Suleman's decision to exercise her reproductive freedom and totally planned parenthood.

February 14, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

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