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April 7, 2014, New Hope, PA  FACT Bucks County to receive the Beyond the Rainbow Award at SOLAP
 
The 2014 recipient of Planned Parenthood Keystone’s Beyond the Rainbow Award is FACT Bucks County for its extraordinary support and consciousness for our LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies) programs, Planned Parenthood, and the greater LGBTQA community.  FACT, Fighting Aids Continuously Together, will receive the award at the agency’s event, Sing Out Loud & Proud (SOLAP) on Saturday, April 26th at 3 p.m. in the new Rrazz Room, New Hope.
 
Since 1992, FACT Bucks County has dedicated itself to raise funds to provide financial assistance to individuals affected by HIV and AIDS in Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.  When all other funding resources have been exhausted, FACT steps in to provide emergency funding that covers medication, electric and heating, counseling, transportation, rent, and other personal financial needs.
 
FACT also engages in funding community organizations that provide education programs and awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of HIV.  Planned Parenthood Keystone has been a recipient of FACT grants to provide education programs and support for its LGBTQA programs -  including The Rainbow Room in Bucks County. More information about FACT events can be found at
www.factbuckscounty.org.
 
SOLAP is Planned Parenthood Keystone’s annual event in Bucks County to raise funds for the agency’s education outreach including their LGBTQA programs. This year’s performer is Jill Sobule, singer, song-writer, guitarist and gypsy.  She topped the charts with her hit ‘I Kissed A Girl.’  For more information about SOLAP, call 610-7096061, or email to
adolak@planitpa.org.

April 4,2014 - Lancaster 
Hobby Lobby Case - No religious rights for firms
The Supreme Court case of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties vs. Sebelius is a perfect example of why employers should not be given the right to decide what is or is not an acceptable health care procedure. The science is in: Plan B and its equivalents do not meet even Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties’ definitions of “abortion-inducing,” making their objections to the contraception mandate moot. 
Both the National Institute of Health and the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that emergency contraceptives used in the U.S. act to prevent pregnancy by intervening in the ovulation cycle. They do not abort an existing pregnancy.

At the YWCA, we see hundreds of victim survivors of sexual assault annually. Plan B, ella, or similar emergency contraception is a crucial part of their healing and recovery. Excluding contraceptive coverage for women who need it but can’t afford it approaches a coercive childbearing policy, a Draconian measure most Americans would find abhorrent.
The National Institute for Reproductive Health reports that “many women face substantial barriers to accessing contraception,” citing the “high cost” of contraception as a main barrier. Surely we don’t want a country where low-income women go without preventive health care that other women receive through their health insurance for free or can afford to pay for out of pocket.

As evidenced in this case, religious conviction can be based on erroneous beliefs. Another business owner may object to vaccines or blood transfusions. Secular corporations should not be exempt from existing law on the basis of the religious beliefs of their owners.
Maureen Powers
CEO, YWCA Lancaster

April 3, 2014 - Lancaster Intelligencer - Letter to the Editor by Susan Davis, PPKey Lancaster Partnership Council
All eyes were on Washington, D.C., last week as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments that challenge the Affordable Care Act requirement that employer-provided health-care plans offer contraceptive coverage at no additional cost to employees. These cases will decide whether corporations have the right to deny employees coverage of medical treatments to which they are entitled by law based on the personal beliefs of the corporation’s owners, and whether corporations have the same rights of free exercise of religion as individuals.

The choice about whether to use birth control should be between a woman and her doctor — and no employer should be able to take away that right. But that’s exactly what these cases seek to do — give for-profit employers the right to impose their own medical preferences on their employees.
Make no mistake about the significance of these cases. The court’s decision could have far-reaching implications on any number of issues and ultimately create an environment where bosses can deny employees of countless other legal medical procedures — like vaccines, surgeries, blood transfusions, mental health care, etc. — based on nothing other than an owner’s personal beliefs.
Susan Davis

LancasterJan. 21, 2014 Roe v. Wade: Millennials' support for reproductive rights encouraging to abortion rights advocates
While anti-abortion groups plan to rally in the nation’s capital on Wednesday to mark the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, abortion rights advocates plan to toast this landmark decision in several cities across Pennsylvania.
Unlike the vigil-like tone of the anti-abortion gathering, Selina Winchester of Planned Parenthood Keystone said their events strike a more celebratory tone.
But she added it’s a cautionary celebration.
“We do realize there’s been 160 laws passed nationwide to prevent access to abortion care, so we celebrate the fact that we do have Roe but we realize there’s a lot to be done,” said Winchester of Trexlertown, Lehigh County

Read the complete article here.

Jan. 14, 2014  - US Supreme Court Denies Review of Arizona’s 20-week Abortion Ban Case represented a major threat to all women in America

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced it has denied the state of Arizona’s request for review of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimous ruling that banned abortion care earlier than viability is determined by a doctor. Kim Custer, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone joins Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in stating:
“Today the Court did the right thing, but women’s health is still on the docket — not only at the Supreme Court, but in active cases all across the country. This unprecedented assault against women’s constitutional rights shows it’s time for new leaders who value women’s health. A dangerous and blatantly unconstitutional law like Arizona’s abortion ban should have never passed in the first place.”
In the 41 years following Roe v. Wade, in decisions including Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, the Supreme Court has never wavered from the principle that the Constitution protects a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion and that therefore, a state may not ban abortion prior to viability. Polls show that a majority of Americans (70 percent) oppose efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, opposes the Arizona abortion ban because it “severely endangers women’s health.” Nearly 99 percent of abortions in the U.S. occur before 21weeks gestation. Often abortions later in pregnancy involve rare, severe fetal abnormalities and serious risks to the woman’s health. “Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for women to keep the right to make their own reproductive health decisions,” concluded Custer.

Trexlertown — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans living with HIV and AIDS are now eligible for health insurance coverage, and can no longer be denied coverage due to ‘pre-existing condition.’ Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) is working with community agencies to raise awareness about this fact about the ACA, and that as a Certified Applications Counselor organization, it is prepared to enroll the uninsured into insurance plans.
Health care providers like Planned Parenthood Keystone play a critical role in providing women, men and young people access to sex education, counseling and HIV testing.  Planned Parenthood also helps patients who need additional care to connect with trusted, quality resources.
Last spring, Planned Parenthood Keystone began offering Rapid HIV tests, quickly expanding it to all health centers in its service area.  Of course, PPKey continues to provide birth control and other preventive health services in addition to breast and cervical cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood is working hard to increase access to health coverage under Medicaid because it is the single largest source of coverage for people with HIV living in the United States.  “PPKey is committed to fighting for all people to be part of  a healthy, AIDS-free generation, no matter who they are; no matter where they live; no matter their sexual orientation,” said Kim Custer, President & CEO Planned Parenthood Keystone.
 
“On December 1st, we join partners in the U.S. and around the world in renewing our commitment to ensuring that women, men, and young people in the hardest to reach communities are able to receive the information and health care they need to lead healthy and productive lives,” concluded Custer.Dec. 3, 2013 - Planned Parenthood Keystone supports PPFA and PPLM Filing a Buffer Zone Brief
Similar to Harrisburg’s Law Protecting Women’s Privacy and the Public’s Safety
Harrisburg, PA — Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM)filed an amicus brief in McCullen v. Coakley, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case seeks to overturn a Massachusetts law designed to protect public safety, patient privacy, and free speech rights outside reproductive health care centers by creating a 35-foot buffer zone where no protests or demonstrations are permitted during the health center’s business hours, regardless of points of view being expressed. Harrisburg City Council passed a similar buffer zone law in 2012 that protects patients, staff and visitors to the Planned Parenthood Keystone’s health center on Second Street.  Before passing the buffer zone law, protesters followed patients to their cars, and verbally assaulted them.  The law puts a 20-foot barrier around the building to allow access to the facility while still allowing protesters to exercise their right to free speech.  
The 2007 law in Massachusetts is similar, striking a balance between the First Amendment rights and the right to access health care in a safe environment.  Opponents seek to overturn the law though it has been upheld twice by the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, and twice by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We cannot go back to a time when women in Massachusetts are routinely harassed and intimidated while trying to access the health care they need,” said Martha Walz, President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.  This echoes similar comments from Planned Parenthood Keystone’s President/CEO Kim Custer who said in 2007, “Separating patients and staff from protesters will help stem violence.” 
 
The Harrisburg buffer zone law vote was unanimous. Any violation would bring up to 30 days in jail and fines ranging from $50 to more than $300 based on the number of repeat offenses.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear McCullen v. Coakley during its 2013-2014 session.
If you have questions or comments, please call 610.709.0609 or e-mail swinchester@planitpa.org.

. Planned Parenthood is fighting to create the healthiest generation ever, a key piece of which is HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. 
We have come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS; yet the epidemic continues to affect millions of people around the world and in the U.S., with some communities impacted more than others. That’s why Planned Parenthood is fighting for the "Healthiest Generation Ever" at home and globally by working to increase access to education and health care—the foundation of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and reversing the course of the epidemic.
As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is committed to reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing non-judgmental, comprehensive, high-quality reproductive health care to all women, men, and young people and fully implementing the Affordable Care Act. 

In honor of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, we are conducting several events throughout our affiliate. Please stop by and say hello.
11/27 1-2pm Opportunity House Berks WAD Program at Homeless Shelter 
12/2 11-1pm Elizabethtown College Lancaster WAD Tabling 
12/4 2:30-4pm Truman High School’s GSA Bucks HIV/AIDS Program 
12/4 5:30-7:30pm The SPECTRUM Berks WAD Program
12/4 6-8pm Rainbow Room Bucks WAD Program
12/5 6-8pm THE CURVE York WAD Program

Dec. 3, 2013 - Full Implementation of the Affordable Care Act Critical in Fighting the HIV and AIDS Epidemic this World AIDS Day
Rapid HIV Tests Offered at All 17 Planned Parenthood Keystone Health Centers 

December 1st is World AIDS Day

Oct. 16, 2013 - Berks County (BCTV) Television interview featuring PPKey Educator, Amber Brown (last 30 minutes of 60 minute show) speaking about Diversity in our community.
Oct. 15, 2013 - Bucks County, PA October, Planned Parenthood Keystone received a grant at the October (2013) board meeting of FACT Bucks County to assist with delivering Rapid HIV testing to Bucks County residents. 
Oct. 11, 2013 -  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Selina Winchester p: 610-628-0609 (Trexlertown, PA) – Today is National Coming Out Day, observed annually to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) identities and to raise awareness of the issues facing these communities – and Planned Parenthood Keystone is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood Keystone believes that all people deserve exceptional and affordable health care, no matter who they are and no matter where they live,” said Kim Custer, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.  “We believe that when people are truly cared for, they make their lives, their families, and their communities better and healthier.”Members of the LGBTQ community face greater obstacles to obtaining and benefiting from sexual and reproductive health services than non-LGBTQ people.  In addition to high rates of stress due to systematic harassment and discrimination which has been shown to affect physical and mental health, LGBTQ people face low rates of health insurance coverage, high rates of HIV/AIDS and cancer, and high rates of discrimination from medical providers. When it comes to health care, a nonjudgmental and supportive provider makes the conversation about care easier to have.  Planned Parenthood Keystone is proud to provide three LGBTQ programs for youth and allies facilitated by trained sexuality educators where conversations are had in nonjudgmental settings:     THE CURVE – York York County • Spectrum – in Reading, Berks County • The Rainbow Room – in Doylestown, Bucks County. These programs allow youth to get the information and support they need to make healthy decisions and feel comfortable in their identities,” concluded Custer.
Oct. 8, 2013 - Feature story in the Reading Eagle about The Spectrum, one of the three LGBTQA youth groups offered to area youth by PPKey. 
September 29, 2013 -
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal - A look back at the 20 year anniversary of Lancaster medical center fire bombing.
July 21, 2013 -
Carlisle The Sentinel - PPKey announced closing of Carlisle medical center. Patients are referred to either the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Chambersburg or York Planned Parenthood medical centers.

 

 

 
















April 8, 2014 - New Hope, PA - FACT Bucks County to receive the Beyond the Rainbow Award at SOLAP
The 2014 recipient of Planned Parenthood Keystone’s Beyond the Rainbow Award is FACT Bucks County for its extraordinary support and consciousness for our LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies) programs, Planned Parenthood, and the greater LGBTQA community.  FACT, Fighting Aids Continuously Together, will receive the award at the agency’s event, Sing Out Loud & Proud (SOLAP) on Saturday, April 26th at 3 p.m. in the new RRazz Room, New Hope.
 
Since 1992 FACT Bucks County has dedicated itself to raising funds to provide financial assistance to individuals affected by HIV and AIDS in Bucks, Hunterdon, and Mercer Counties.  When all other funding resources have been exhausted, FACT steps in to provide emergency funding that covers medication, electric and heating, counseling, transportation, rent, and other personal financial needs. FACT also engages in funding community organizations that provide education programs and awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of HIV. Planned Parenthood Keystone has been a recipient of FACT grants to provide education programs and support for its LGBTQA programs -  including The Rainbow Room in Bucks County. More information about FACT events can be found at
www.factbuckscounty.org.
 
SOLAP, Planned Parenthood Keystone’s annual event in Bucks County that raises funds for the agency’s education outreach including their LGBTQA programs. It will be held on April 26th at 3 p.m. in the RRazz Room in New Hope.  This year’s performer is Jill Sobule, singer, song-writer, guitarist and gypsy. She topped the charts with her hit ‘I Kissed A Girl.’  For more information about SOLAP, call 610.709.6061, or email to development
@planitpa.org. 

Posted Lancaster Online: Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:25 am 


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