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MFP Statement on the Appointment of Teresa Manning as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Population Affairs
May 1, 2017
Augusta, ME - Maine Family Planning learned today of the appointment of anti-family planning activist Teresa Manning to oversee the Title X federal family planning program. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, Manning will administer the Title X program, which currently provides family planning and other preventive health care services to an estimated four million low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and families each year.
Ms. Manning formerly served as a lobbyist with the National Right to Life Committee and worked for the Family Research Council, which characterizes itself as a “Christian public policy ministry in Washington D.C. defending religious liberty, the unborn & families.”
Ms. Manning’s employment history coupled with past statements, including “contraception doesn’t work” and “I always shake my head, you know, family planning is something that occurs between a husband and a wife and God, and it doesn’t really involve the federal government..." raise serious concerns about her qualifications to lead the federal family planning system.
For the last 45 years, Maine Family Planning (MFP) has administered the federal family planning program in Maine. MFP operates 18 family planning health centers and subcontracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and a host of federally qualified health centers. Together, this network of family planning providers serves more than 23,000 Maine women, men and teens annually.
"It is our expectation that any person appointed to this position will serve as an advocate for Title X, helping ensure that all stakeholders--patients, providers, policy makers and political appointees--understand and support Title X as an essential public health program. Underpinning the program’s more than four decades of success is its diverse service delivery network designed by communities–-not elected officials--to best meet the unique preventive health care needs of those communities," said George Hill, President & CEO of Maine Family Planning.
“We are willing to partner with anyone in the administration to strengthen and protect Maine's family planning safety net. We look forward to working with Ms. Manning to show her the remarkable benefits of quality reproductive health care," Hill concludes.
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