Dear supporters, board members and friends,
First, thank you all for the outpouring of concern that we’ve felt since yesterday; being a part of this important work together with all of you is deeply meaningful, and I am grateful.
Yesterday was traumatic for all of us, and of course, the horror continues to settle in deeper, hour by hour. And as you know, it follows what has been a tremendously strenuous summer of fraudulent videos, heightened protests, security incidents, ongoing threats, circus-like Congressional “investigations” and of course, irresponsible, inflammatory political rhetoric including here in our area.
But I’m writing to let you know that in spite of all of this, our clinics remain open today, and we are as resolute as ever. As we approach our second century we remember that our job as a movement, as Planned Parenthood, has always been to ease suffering, to lift the lives of both women and men, and to create a better and more just world; we are not afraid and will not be deterred.
The current conditions in which we must operate are simply unacceptable in civil society, and the most important thing we can do today is to do exactly what we have done for 100 years – open our doors and care for our patients. And, even as we re-double our security measures at each of our 19 sites, this is what we are doing today, person by person.
As our friend Anna Quindlen has said, in this sense we are the ultimate faith-based organization. In just one of many reasons to keep the faith, yesterday, a couple of the Colorado women in for abortions at Planned Parenthood asked the PP doctors, after they were evacuated, to accompany them to local hospitals to perform their procedures. And that’s what they did. Women will not be stopped, and I am very calm in the knowledge that we will not be stopped.
Yes, this is an intense time for us. But our doors remain open. No matter what, because Planned Parenthood is here for good.
From the bottom of my sad but strong and faithful heart, thank you.
President & CEO
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota