Despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision today overturning Roe v. Wade after 50 years, the Planned Parenthood office in Bremerton vows to “continue to do everything we can to protect abortion access.”
Its website also says Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Liberate Abortion Campaign, a coalition comprised of more than 150 reproductive justice and rights organizations, groups, and abortion providers, today issued a statement rejecting all threats of violence related to the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We reject the tactics and threats of groups that use destruction and violence as a means to an end. They do not speak for us, our supporters, our communities or our movement. We are committed to protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive freedoms through peaceful, non-violent organizing and activism.”
They feel that way even though their clients have been harassed for years, the website continues.
“People deserve to both provide and access abortion care in a safe and supportive environment. Abortion providers, health center staff, patients, and supporters of reproductive freedom have long faced daily threats and violence. Anti-abortion activists have harassed, intimidated, and bullied patients for simply seeking abortion and other essential sexual and reproductive health care with little or no accountability for decades.”
The website says the decision will put millions of pregnant women at risk.
”The American people do not want lawmakers controlling their bodies, their lives, or their most personal medical decisions, and we will proudly continue to do the work of protecting their health and rights.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with respect, its website says. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a reliable source of health information that allows people to make informed decisions.
Calls to Kitsap County Health Officer Dr. Gib Morrow and to the Planned Parenthood office in Bremerton were not immediately answered.