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He (Perry) lost this fight in regular session, and even after they broke the rules he and his allies lost again in front of the entire country last night, they tried every trick in the book, blocking testimony from the very women whose lives would be affected, voting in the middle of the night, shutting down the debate — they couldn’t get this done because Texans would not let them.
Leading Planned Parenthood over the last 12 years has been the honor of my lifetime. Together, we have made real progress in this country, expanding access to services and making reproductive rights a central priority of our nation's health care system, i'm deeply proud of the progress we've made for the millions of people Planned Parenthood health centers serve across the country each year.
We are thrilled to honor this select group of fearless journalists and activists for their always honest, brave, and accurate reporting on sexual and reproductive health, these are the stories that empower and educate — the stories of women, communities of color, members of the LGBT community — and it is incredibly important that these stories are told and amplified over the next year.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, defended the organization’s practices and maintained the group does not illegally sell fetal tissue. But, in a video statement [ Cecile Richards said ] … This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements.
Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member's tone and statements, as always, if there is any aspect of our work that can be strengthened, we want to know about it, and we take swift action to address it.
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