(New Haven, Conn.) – Leading into the weekend honoring civil rights leader and activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) issued the following statement condemning the hateful remarks by President Trump targeting immigrants.
Statement from Amanda Skinner, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
“The president continues to show his true colors with racist comments full of hate and ignorance. We have to remind those around the world that one man does not speak for us all. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England condemns this hate. We are proud to share this country of immigrants – with immigrants – no matter where they may come from.
“As we honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend, we remember his famous quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Now, more than ever, it is unacceptable to remain silent as marginalized and oppressed communities face violence and hatred simply for the color of their skin, and for standing up for the freedom, liberty, and justice they deserve. We condemn these words and actions of this president and will continue to work relentlessly and collectively to put an end to white supremacy. In order for our country to live up to its promise and democratic values that Dr. King believed in so deeply, bigotry of all kinds must be rejected.
“Planned Parenthood stands with people of color and allies in the face of such continued attacks fueled by hate. We believe in the fundamental right of every person to live free from discrimination regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or economic status. We will fight for this every day.”