NEW YORK, July 31 According to recent reporting, including today's Washington Post article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/30/AR2008073003238.html), the Bush administration is circulating a draft proposed regulation that, if enacted, would jeopardize women's health care by allowing providers to withhold the critical health care information women need to make fully informed decisions about their care. As a leading health care provider to millions of American women, Planned Parenthood knows the importance of full, accurate information and honest communication between patients and health care providers. At a time when more and more families are uninsured and under economic assault, President Bush is fueling our health care crisis by allowing providers to withhold safe and effective health care services and information.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards can speak about the proposed regulation, including the potential effects on American women and our nation's health care system.
About Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive healthcare advocate and provider. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 860 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.
WHO: Cecile Richards
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
WHEN: July 31th, August 1st and 4th
Interviews must be scheduled in advance, and are based on availability.
SOURCE Planned Parenthood