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Letter: Planned Parenthood provides essential care

Planned Parenthood provides essential care

It’s no surprise to me that a new forensic report confirms that the videos being used in a smear campaign aimed at Planned Parenthood were heavily edited and inaccurate. What does surprise me is that some politicians in Congress are still using these false attacks as an excuse to try to defund Planned Parenthood.

As a member of the Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York board of directors, I know firsthand that Planned Parenthood health centers are an irreplaceable resource for women in our community that must be protected. Attacks against Planned Parenthood are attacks against the 2.7 million women, men and young people who rely on these health centers for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams. More than 90 percent of the care Planned Parenthood provides is preventative – and Planned Parenthood does this by adhering to the highest standards and following all laws.

Investigations in multiple states and this forensic report confirm that Planned Parenthood has followed all laws and done nothing wrong. When will politicians get the message that their political vendetta against Planned Parenthood is not just wrong, it is irresponsible? It is time for our elected leaders to focus on the issues that matter to our communities and stop trying to take away health care from those who need it most.

Elizabeth G. Clark