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Statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, on the passing of Sally Pillsbury

On Saturday, Minnesota lost one of our greatest champions for women, Sally Pillsbury. She will be missed dearly. 

Sally was active with Planned Parenthood for many years, including having served on the board, and we will be forever grateful for her support, her friendship, and her guidance over the years. Sally dedicated much of her life to helping women candidates from both parties run for office. She served as a leader for the Republican Majority for Choice and sat on the University of Minnesota Hospitals Board of Governors. She gave decades of service to many community organizations and has been an unwavering champion and supporter of Planned Parenthood. 

Sally was among a very special few who understood that women’s health and reproductive freedom can transcend differences between people and political parties. She was a woman who had the courage of her convictions. And whenever there was work to do, whenever there were projects to support, whenever there were voters to mobilize or lawmakers to persuade, there was Sally.

She bridged political differences. She bridged gender differences. She bridged generational differences. And because of her, the world is a better place for women.


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