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Maybe you've seen the video, or at least the headlines -- but I want you to hear the truth directly from me.
Earlier this week, a group of extreme anti-abortion activists with a long record of deceiving the public released their latest attack on Planned Parenthood doctors and medical staff. They are hell-bent on misleading the public -- and now lawmakers are joining in to help do their dirty work. They're trying -- again -- to block women from getting the care they need at Planned Parenthood health centers.
The claims these anti-abortion activists are making are outrageous and untrue. I've recorded a video message so you can hear the truth as we keep fighting to defend the women who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers every day. Take a look, learn what's really going on, and then share this message far and wide to make sure your friends aren't fooled by these anti-abortion activists:
We're not alone in denouncing the false accusations being made against Planned Parenthood medical staff. In fact, a number of media outlets -- including Slate(1), Media Matters(2), and the Washington Post(3) -- have made it clear that this is just another smear campaign from activists who are willing to say anything, no matter how untrue, to pursue their dangerous agenda.
We're going to need you to be ready to stand with us in the weeks ahead. Already, lawmakers who have spent years trying to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood are seizing on these false accusations to push their dangerous agenda. House Speaker John Boehner has announced an investigation in Congress -- one more in a long series of orchestrated attacks with a single goal: to ban abortion, denying women the right to make their own medical decisions.
It's going to take all of us standing together to defend women's health and rights in the face of this latest attack. Your support is absolutely essential at times like these, and we're counting on you to stick with us. Thank you for standing with Planned Parenthood.
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America