NEW YORK — Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement regarding the shooting at a Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which three people were killed and nine people were wounded:
“The thoughts of the entire Ms. Foundation family are with the families of the victims, the dedicated health providers at Planned Parenthood, first responders and the greater community of Colorado Springs.
“The shooting at Planned Parenthood is yet another painful reminder of our nation’s history of violence targeting spaces and people providing reproductive health care to women. While there are still questions to be answered, the tragic and insidious consequences of this attack are all too clear. In targeting a health center that predominantly serves low-income women and women of color, this act of domestic terrorism has violated not only the safety of women in need but has also compromised access to what may be their only source of care.
“No woman should fear for her safety in accessing reproductive health services. No one should have to think twice about accompanying a friend to a health center. We must join together to condemn any acts that create a culture in which women and their families are discouraged from seeking the care they need and deserve.
“We stand in solidarity with the providers at Planned Parenthood and other women’s health centers across the country who provide—and will continue to provide—lifesaving care to women every day. We will continue to fight for the day that women have safe and equal access to care.”
For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of women of color and low-income and immigrant women. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in trailblazing organizations nationwide.