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BWHI President and CEO speaks on Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards’ Resignation

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the resignation of Cecile Richards, as President of Planned Parenthood:

“It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate Cecile Richards for her leadership and continued activism for reproductive justice. Her work to support and empower women to speak their truth and demand their right to bodily autonomy is commendable. Cecile is a trusted leader for reproductive justice and has shown this repeatedly in her 12 years of service to women and girls across our nation. The legacy of achievements under her leadership at Planned Parenthood will remain with us all. We at the Black Women’s Health Imperative, wish Cecile the best on the next phase of her journey.”

BWHI thanks you, Cecile, for your support and your friendship. Looking forward to your ‘next’ chapter.



The Black Women’s Health Imperative identifies the most pressing health issues that affect the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls and invest in the best of the best strategies, partners, and organizations that share our goal: ensuring Black women live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives. For more information, please call the Black Women’s Health Imperative at (202) 370-3630 or visit Subscribe to receive the e-newsletter and follow the BWHI on social media using hashtag, #BlkWomensHealth for updates. Find us on Find us on Facebook (Black Women’s Health Imperative), Twitter (@BlkWomensHealth) YouTube (Black Women’s Health Imperative) and Instagram (@BlkWomensHealth).

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