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~ By Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America ~ 

cecile-richards-headshot.jpgI see it every single time I walk into a Planned Parenthood health center. And if you've ever walked through those doors — especially as a patient — then you know exactly what I'm talking about.

The nurses and doctors, the receptionists and administrators, everyone — they just emit this complete sense of calm and compassion. They care, genuinely, about every single person who walks through their doors. All that matters is the patient, no matter her financial situation, no matter what new burdens some out-of-touch lawmaker is pushing at the statehouse, no matter if she came from next door or from the next state over. No matter what, Planned Parenthood health center staff deliver the best care possible.

I am constantly amazed and inspired by our health center staff, so I'm doing what my mom always taught me to do: I'm writing a thank-you card. And I want you to sign it with me.


If you've ever received care at a Planned Parenthood health center, or know someone who has. If you can imagine just how tough the job can be, when protesters stand outside the doors. If you appreciate the dedication, courage, and compassion of our staff — sign your name, and add your own personal note.

Our goal is to gather 100,000 signatures from people like you, and deliver this special thank-you note to health center staff in time for the holidays. Your appreciation will mean so much to the Planned Parenthood staff who do so much for the women, men, and young people in their communities.

Thanks for helping make this holiday season just a little more special for Planned Parenthood health center staff — and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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