After experiencing a second cyber attack in the past week, Planned Parenthood temporarily shut down their website. The organization announced the news on Twitter, calling the hack from anti-abortion extremists “a new low.”
“Although our websites were back online shortly after the attack, in order to ensure that we are fully protected, we’ve made the decision to take our website offline for a day,” Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president, said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood is committed to getting people the information they need to make healthy decisions and meet their goals in life—and we deeply regret that in order to more fully protect our websites from these extremist attacks, our full online content will be temporarily unavailable to people looking for good, accurate health information.”
On Sunday evening, personal information belonging to Planned Parenthood employees across the country were leaked. The organization notified the FBI and U.S. Justice Department of the hack. “No matter what extremist acts those who oppose safe and legal abortion commit, the fact remains that women and men across America will still need access to basic, reproductive health care and education: life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, well-woman exams, and safe and legal abortion,” said Laguens.
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