Media Room

Planned Parenthood Luncheon Remarks
Jan. 21, 2016

Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me to be with you today.

For those of you following along, Oregon is generating a fair amount of news these days. Perhaps one of the best and most encouraging headlines I’ve seen recently is this: “Oregon receives an A-plus in reproductive health.”

The Statesman Journal reported Oregon received an “A” for mandatory comprehensive sex education in public schools, expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, requiring emergency rooms to provide information about emergency contraception and to dispense it on request, and having no laws that unnecessarily make it difficult for women to get an abortion.

And the “plus” – you’ll be happy to know – was for the Oregon Legislature’s work last year to pass bipartisan bills expanding birth control access. I want to thank my legislative colleagues for their work on the behalf of women and families.

When it comes to reproductive health in Oregon, we have great momentum, and great recent wins to be proud of.

But we can’t stop now. Even in 2016, we still face attempts to assert control over women’s lives and bodies. These threats aim to control women’s heath decisions.

We also face health disparities for our sisters of color. We must continue to fight for improved health outcomes so women of color and women experiencing poverty achieve health equity.

As we work toward these goals together, know that I am committed to Oregon providing comprehensive health services to all women and their families.

Together we must advocate for contraceptive equity, nursing mothers, and medically accurate, age-appropriate health and sexuality education for our young people.

Together we can build a legacy for women and families that ensures the future health and wellbeing of Oregonians.

Together, we will stand with Planned Parenthood.

Truly, I thank you for your commitment to women and their families.

Now, please join me in welcoming to the stage, Stacy Cross, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette’s President and CEO.