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Friday, March 16, 2012

PPIA and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Speak Out Against Mitt Romney's Out-of-Touch Stance on Women's Health

In response to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's promise earlier this week to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action President and CEO, Carole Brite, was joined by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and a group of supporters to speak out on women's health care at Pancake Eggcetera in Rosemont, Illinois, where a Romney event was being held.

Congresswoman Schakowsky, a true champion of women's reproductive health and rights, discussed the valuable services provided by organizations like Planned Parenthood and the importance of protecting access to affordable family planning services, as well as breast and cervical cancer screenings.  She highlighted Romney's recent comments and warned that, if elected, Romney would be dangerous for women. 

Congresswoman Schakowsky knows that Planned Parenthood is a vital health care provider for millions of American women, giving them affordable access to life-saving services.  She's willing to stand up against those who are trying to turn back the clock for women.  We applaud Congresswoman Schakowsky for speaking out for women!
From President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, Carole Brite:

"This week, Mitt Romney issued a very serious threat to women across the country when he promised to get rid of Planned Parenthood. We know that this is just the latest in a long string of restrictive and deeply out-of-touch positions that Romney has taken on women’s health in an effort to pander to the extremists in his party. Romney has made it clear from day one that he will say anything to get elected.

Romney’s extreme views are more than out of touch – they are dangerous, they’re a monumental step backward, and they threaten to undermine women’s health care in this country.

We know that Planned Parenthood is a vital health care provider for over 75,000 women in Illinois, giving them affordable access to life-saving reproductive health care services every year like breast and cervical cancer screenings. For many women, Planned Parenthood is their only option for preventive health care.

With every day that passes, it becomes increasingly obvious that American women simply cannot trust Mitt Romney to stand up for them. We urge the women of Illinois to say “No” to Mitt Romney on Tuesday."

Check out coverage of this event below:

ABC News

Daily Herald

CBS News

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