Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains invites the public to attend the annual Pro-Choice Lobby Day hosted with the Protect Families Protect Choice coalition. Pro-Choice Lobby Day is an educational, informative experience that offers participants a hands-on and behind-the-scenes look at how the legislative process works.
The purpose of this year’s Lobby Day is to lobby in support of SB-177, which would preserve and expand access to teen pregnancy and dropout prevention programs for Medicaid eligible youth. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy estimates that the cost of teen pregnancy to Colorado was $167M alone in 2004. This includes the cost related to Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), lost state revenue, child welfare, and incarceration.
Lobby day participants will also work to increase awareness and support for a program that funds breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women.
The Women’s Wellness Connection provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women across Colorado who are uninsured or underinsured. As part of Figure-setting recommendations presented to the Joint Budget Committee, the WWC will experience painful reductions. In FY 2009-10, almost 17,000 women received cancer screenings through this program. With a reduction in funding, it is estimated that 5,100 women will not receive services and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that 85 cases of cancer might go undetected.
Any interested member of the public who support women’s health and reproductive choice.
RSVP to Tory Francies at 303.813.7776 or Tory.Francies@pprm.org.
The deadline to register is March 8 at noon.
9:00 – 9:30: Registration and breakfast; First Baptist Church of Denver/1373 Grant St./Denver, CO 80203
9:30 – 10:20: Issue briefing and training panel; First Baptist Church
10:20 – 12:00: March to Colorado State Capitol and LOBBY; Colorado State Capitol
12:00 – 1:00: Return to First Baptist - lunch and group dialogue; First Baptist Church
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than 123,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 28 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.