Jackie's statement on Planned Parenthood

“I believe it is necessary to respond to the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood and share my disappointment in the misguided attempts by Governor Herbert to defund them by halting federal funds.

"I am confident the latest controversy will resolve itself in time but, it has created many misperceptions about Planned Parenthood and I believe we need to be mindful of all the good work they do.

“Planned Parenthood provides crucial reproductive health services to people in Utah. Services include pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, screenings for rape and sexual assault victims, sex education, vaccines, cancer screenings, and vasectomies.

“For many Utahns, Planned Parenthood is the sole provider of low-cost healthcare. In 2014, over 50,000 Utahns were served, over 22,000 of those from Salt Lake City.

“As a woman, as a mother, and as a candidate to be the next mayor of Salt Lake City, I stand up for all those who rely on Planned Parenthood to ensure their sexual and reproductive health.”

“I stand with Planned Parenthood and am grateful for the services they provide to people in our city and state."