The Lamorinda Democratic Club's June 9 meeting will feature a conversation about the War Against Women and How Planned Parenthood Is Just Getting Started! The featured speakers include Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Board Chair Melody Weintraub and Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Chief Executive Officer Mitzi Sales.

Republicans in Washington and around the country have declared war against Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive freedom. In attacking Planned Parenthood, the House Republican leadership has launched an outrageous assault on the millions of American women and men nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care services.

The meeting will be held at the club's new regular meeting location: the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Sales' and Weintraub's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Planned Parenthood's mission is to create a personally and politically safe climate in which individuals have universal and unfettered access to sexual and reproductive health service and are free to follow their own beliefs, values and moral code when making decisions about these services.

The Republicans' defunding effort would cut off services for preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, HIV testing, and STD testing and treatment. None of this federal funding goes toward abortion services, which is already prohibited.

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