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After 12 incredible years working alongside some of the most committed and compassionate people in the world, the time has come for me to move on to my next chapter — and for new voices to take the lead at Planned Parenthood.

It’s been the greatest honor of my life to be part of this movement with you, and with the millions of people who stand with Planned Parenthood to protect and expand access to care.

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Over the past decade, we have faced down challenges that once seemed impossible to overcome. We have found new ways to lift up our voices and speak our truth. And most important of all, we have helped Planned Parenthood patients receive care they simply could not get anywhere else.

And through it all, through thrilling victories and moments of mourning, we have stood shoulder to shoulder together. What a profound privilege it has been — to stand with you, to work with you, to celebrate and grieve and build hope with you. I said it on my first day here, and I have never forgotten it: people like you are the heart and soul of this organization.

It’s because of your dedication that I know Planned Parenthood will continue to grow and thrive, and to lead the fight for our health and rights. We will need you to keep speaking out when lawmakers threaten access to care. We will need you to keep supporting the health centers that so many patients rely on. We will need every ounce of your courage, your compassion, your commitment to help ensure that every person can control their own body and decide their own future.

And though I will be stepping down from my leadership role, believe me when I say that I will be with you every step of the way. No matter what.

I want you to be among the first to hear from me that I will be stepping down from my position as president of Planned Parenthood this year. I have so much I want to say to Planned Parenthood supporters like you in this moment.

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Thank you for everything you have done and will do to defend our health and rights. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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