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PRESS RELEASE: Statement by President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

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Statement by Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, on Incident at Appleton Health Center  

"For 77 years, the dedicated staff at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin have worked to ensure that women and families will always be able to access affordable, high-quality health care in a safe and caring environment in which their privacy and dignity is respected. 

"We care for 80,000 patients statewide who turn to us for medical exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing and treatment.  Over 97 percent of the health care services we provide are critical, preventive care such as this.  At three of our 27 centers, we provide abortion care, a critical component of comprehensive women's health care.

"Last night around 7:40 p.m. the Grand Chute Fire Department was called to our Appleton North Health Center.  Police are telling us that a small, homemade explosive device was placed on an outside windowsill causing a small fire that burned out prior to the fire department arriving.  There was minimal damage to one of the exam rooms.  No staff or patients were injured or present. The health center will reopen tomorrow. Our primary concern today—as always--- is our patients, staff and volunteers.

"Women deserve safe and compassionate care, and we are proud to provide it. Rest assured, our doors will remain open for the thousands of women who rely on Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin each year for high quality health care. 

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the law enforcement agencies working with us to ensure Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin continues to be a safe and trusted health care provider for Wisconsin women and families."

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