Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Family Planning Official to Speak

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Family Planning Official to Speak

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FUNDING DISPUTE: Group's president finds upside to a recent controversyCecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be in Sarasota on Tuesday to speak at the 46th anniversary dinner of the local Planned Parenthood affiliate. Richards joined the organization in 2006 and was involved in the planning stages of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that is overhauling the nation's health care system. She was recently in the news when the breast cancer research foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, moved to cut funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates that provided breast cancer screening for low-income patients. The foundation reversed its stance, but not before the controversy prompted a national outpouring of support for Richards' organization.Richards spoke this week with Herald-Tribune health writer Barbara Peters Smith.Q:During the back-and-forth over the breast cancer screening program, you were quoted by the national media as saying Planned Parenthood received a lot of financial and emotional endorsements.A:Well, I think a couple of things happened that were interesting. Over the last month or so, people in America learned a lot more about the services we provide that go beyond family planning. We talked to so many people who weren't aware of that. And we did have thousands and thousands of people sending us their support.AT A GLANCEWhat: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida 46th anniversary dinnerWhen: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami TrailCost: $150Tickets/more information: Call 365-3913, Ext. 1124.Q:You found out who your friends were.A:The great news is that we have lots of them. This has been such an important time for our doctors and clinicians; they're the ones who see women every day who have no other health care provider.Q:In early February the Guttmacher Institute released a report about the dramatic U. …

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