Planned Parenthood is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and it’s a century of excellent medical care and support for women in urgent need of essential family planning services. NOW is marking its own 50th anniversary this year, and we’re proud to salute our older sister today.
We’ve seen politicians and dark money Super PACs rail against government funding for Planned Parenthood, falsely claiming that Planned Parenthood broke the law or promoted unsafe medical practices. The truth is that Planned Parenthood is a target because it enables women to exercise control over their own bodies and make their own reproductive health care decisions.
By one estimate, one in five women in the U.S. has used Planned Parenthood’s services at some point during their lifetime. The organization provides life-affirming, often life-saving services to women and girls every day — which can’t be said of the political ideologues that regularly attack it. It’s no wonder that the vast majority of people in the U.S. support Planned Parenthood. It is, in a word, beloved.
We have no doubt that this moment marks the beginning of a second, even more effective century for Planned Parenthood, and NOW is proud to stand with our ally in the months and years to come.