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AJC'S ANN LEWIS ASKS AT&T'S SHAREHOLDERS TO REINSTATE FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROGRAM

 AJC'S ANN LEWIS ASKS AT&T'S SHAREHOLDERS TO REINSTATE
 FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROGRAM
 NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T's annual meeting in Dallas today, Ann F. Lewis, an AT&T shareholder and chair of the American Jewish Congress Commission for Women's Equality, introduced a resolution to restore funding of a Planned Parenthood program. The program, called "First Things First," is designed to prevent teenage pregnancies. After supporting Planned Parenthood's teenage pregnancy prevention program for many years, AT&T cut off funding in 1990 after a pressure campaign was mounted by anti-abortion advocates.
 "I am pleased and gratified that today, over 70 million votes were cast to send a resounding 'no' to those who wish to stifle the debate on teenage pregnancy," noted Lewis. "This is a clear indication that concern for teenage pregnancy is widespread. Undoubtedly these 70 million plus votes sent a powerful message to AT&T," she continued.
 In explaining why she felt compelled to bring this issue to a vote by shareholders, Lewis explained, "The decision to withdraw support from 'First Things First' was unnecessary and unfortunate. It was unfortunate because the problem of teenage pregnancy has not diminished in the last two years since the AT&T Foundation withdrew support. If anything, the problem is growing worse. The AT&T Foundation has responded to shareholders with a form letter claiming that it now supports other programs with the same goal. But in fact these programs - many of which do good work - are not specifically designed to prevent pregnancy. They may be a valuable supplement to prevention programs, but they are not a substitute."
 In noting the irony of the nation's leader in communications revoking funding of a program which encourages family communication, Lewis said, "We are proud of AT&T's record as a responsible corporation, leading the way in communications. On this issue, we have something very important to communicate: It's time to say no to the bullies. It's time to stand up for what we know is right and needed."
 The meeting was held at the Dallas Market Center, Stemmons Freeway, at 9:30 a.m. on April 15.
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