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ITHACA, N.Y. — Following the violent attack on Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain’s Colorado Springs Health Center that killed three people, our community is stepping up and showing how much they value Planned Parenthood and reject a rhetoric of violence.

On December 1st, supporters of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes will gather in front of the Ithaca Health Center to show their support for the organization and remember those who lost their lives in the shooting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of people who were killed and injured, and we are grateful to law enforcement agencies and Planned Parenthood staff who handled this tragedy with courage and compassion,” said Angela Riddell, Interim President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.

“The safety of patients and staff is our top priority,” said Riddell, “and Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place to ensure that our health centers are safe, supportive, welcoming environments for all people to get the high-quality health care they need. Our doors are open today, and they will be open tomorrow.”

The upcoming Southern Finger Lakes Support and Remembrance Rally is one of hundreds of events across the country held by patients and supporters this week.

DATE: 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

LOCATION: PPSFL Ithaca Health Center, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, NY 14850

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For over forty years Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL) has served as our community’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that all people deserve information and expert services to make informed, personal decisions that affect their health, their lives, and their futures. We proudly educate families and youth replacing fear and facts, and misinformation with education. Our programs include a teen pregnancy prevention program, Out for Health, our LGBT Health and Wellness program, and comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault through our Sexual Assault Resource Center. We advocate for policies that improve sexual health. Please visitPPSFL.ORG for more information.

Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides 2.7 million women, men and young people a year with critical reproductive health care — such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment and well-woman exams. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas, meaning that without us, many patients would literally have nowhere else to turn.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.