Black Women Stand with Alexis McGill Johnson

Planned Parenthood recently announced that Alexis McGill Johnson would assume the role of acting president and CEO. We want to congratulate Alexis McGill Johnson on her new position. We applaud her appointment to lead an organization that is a trusted provider of quality, affordable health care, especially in underserved communities.

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Women of color, immigrant women and young women face systemic barriers to health care, including reproductive health care, and Planned Parenthood helps overcome some of these obstacles. As a woman of color and champion of health equity, McGill Johnson brings crucial professional and personal experience as she takes the reins of Planned Parenthood. She surely understands the intersection of the issues connected to reproductive health and rights because of her own lived experiences.

She is a trusted and tireless advocate for reproductive justice. Her resume of accomplishments and experience is exhaustive. A longtime leader in Planned Parenthood and an expert on social justice movements, we are excited to stand with her on the front lines of the fight for reproductive rights, health equity and justice.

At this critical time when women’s health and rights are under unprecedented attack, McGill Johnson is a welcomed ally and valuable advocate for reproductive justice. As Black women, we stand with her and look forward to continuing our partnership in the fight for women’s health, rights and justice.

This statement was release by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda and signed by Marcela Howell, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; Jannette Robinson Flint, Black Women for Wellness; Linda Goler Blount, Black Women’s Health Imperative; La’Tasha D. Mayes, New Voices for Reproductive Justice; Dazon Dixon Diallo, SisterLove, Inc.; Cherisse Scott, SisterReach; Krystal Redman, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW; Marsha Jones, The Afiya Center; and Deon Haywood, Women With A Vision.


In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national reproductive justice organization focused on lifting up the voices of Black women at the national and regional levels in our ongoing policy fight to secure reproductive justice for all women and girls. Their eight strategic partners include Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, SisterLove, Inc. SisterReach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, The Afiya Center and Women With A Vision.