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Statement by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, on Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz being named chair of the Democratic National Committee:

“The Planned Parenthood Action Fund applauds the naming of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee. Representative Wasserman Schultz has been a strong and passionate advocate for women’s health for her entire career, and the women of this country will continue to benefit from her clear voice and strong leadership.

“While the Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization, it supports any champion of women’s health being named to a leadership position in any major political party or legislative body.

“As the U.S. Representative from Florida’s 20th congressional district, Representative Wasserman Schultz has worked tirelessly to make high-quality health care accessible to all. In March 2009, after announcing her own battle with breast cancer, she introduced the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, making way for a national education campaign about the threat breast cancer poses to young women. The bill became law as part of the Affordable Health Care Act in March 2010.

“Women need leaders who understand their lives and needs, and the women of this country have that in Representative Wasserman Schultz.“