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PLANNED PARENTHOOD of SOUTHWESTERN OREGON STATEMENT ON COUNTER-PROTESTS - 02/10/17

"It's clear that the vast majority of Americans do not want, and will not stand to see, reproductive health and rights attacked. We saw that when millions marched around the world for the women's march, and we're seeing that now, with hundreds of events cropping up across the country in support of Planned Parenthood health centers and the care they provide to 2.5 million patients each year. These are being driven on the local level, by energized activists who know the critical services we provide in their communities," says Lisa Gardner, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. 

"Our first priority is to provide access to health care services to our patients and ensure they can get the high-quality, often lifesaving care that Planned Parenthood health centers provide. Our patients are seeking these services out of need, not as a political statement. "

"We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support we are seeing in our communities and across the country. To that end, we do ask anyone wishing to show support for Planned Parenthood and our work not to rally outside of a health center. Though well intended, these rallies can often be intimidating, and can inadvertently prevent patients from getting the care they need. Instead we encourage supporters to attend the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon Lobby Day Rally at noon Tuesday, February 28th on the Capitol steps in Salem."

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Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) has been dedicated to providing expert reproductive health care and sexuality education in Southwestern Oregon for over 50 years. PPSO provides more than 40,000 patient visits each year at six health centers. PPSO is also the region's most respected provider of medically accurate sexuality education for young people and adults, as well as training programs for professionals who work with youth and families. Education and training programs make over 8,000 contacts each year, transforming the lives of young people in southwestern Oregon. PPSO's essential health services include breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman annual exams, birth control, STD prevention, testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and HPV vaccinations. For more information, visit www.ppsworegon.org.