Planned Parenthood sees election as major victory for women

"President Obama’s reelection is a historic victory for women’s health, driven by a substantial gender gap," Six Rivers Planned Parenthood said after the election.

"This is a resounding victory for women. More than ever before, women’s health was a decisive issue in this election. Americans today voted to ensure that women will have access to affordable health care and be able to make their own medical decisions," said Six Rivers Planned Parenthood’s CEO, Denise Vanden Bos.

"This election sends a powerful and unmistakable message to members of Congress and state legislatures all around the country that the American people do not want politicians to meddle in our personal medical decisions, and that politicians demean and dismiss women at their own peril," Vanden Bos said.

"With this victory we can now focus on working with lawmakers at all levels, from all political parties, to ensure that millions more Americans can get the health care they need. One in five American women has relied on Planned Parenthood for essential health care at some point in their lives," said Vanden Bos.

Planned Parenthood’s ongoing effort to reach millions more patients with quality, affordable, confidential health care will not stop. Already, nearly three million people a year rely on Planned Parenthood’s nearly 800 health centers for a range of health care services, including breast cancer screenings, Pap tests, birth control, and STD testing and treatment. Here in our area, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood sees over 9,000 women, men, and teens each year in our health center and outreach sites and provides medically accurate sexual health education in 40 local middle and high schools.

"As a trusted and essential provider of health care in every part of the country, Planned Parenthood stands ready to serve the millions of people who will soon have access to health care under the Affordable Care Act - to provide millions more with care, no matter what," Vanden Bos said.