FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2018
PLANNED PARENTHOOD STATEMENT ON HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS IN NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The following statement was released today, May 3, 2018, and is attributed to Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund (PPRM-AF) on behalf of PPRM-AF and based on our values and principles:
“Make no mistake – Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund stands with the nearly 100,000 Planned Parenthood patients across New Mexico, Colorado, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming in saying all people deserve control of their own bodies. We stand with every person who has ever been violated, assaulted, or made to feel less than.
“We trust and believe women. We believe survivors. We believe Laura Bonar. We believe it is time to stand together with leaders we know stand with women over and over again. It is time to call this harassment what it is: intolerable.
“Our elected officials must uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct. We call on those in positions of power who engage in sexual misconduct and violate the trust of their constituents, colleagues, and staff to take full responsibility for their actions and step aside.
“Any elected official who has engaged such egregious behavior is no longer fit to hold office. This kind of behavior must not be tolerated and we will not stop fighting until all people are treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, in accessing health care, and in their everyday lives.”
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund is a non-partisan, 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that engages in education and electoral activity, including legislative advocacy, voter education and grassroots organizing to promote Planned Parenthood’s mission.