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HOUSE VOTES TO GUT NATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING FUND & BAR PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM RECEIVING ANY FEDERAL FUNDS.
MEASURE WOULD STRIP HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS FROM NEW YORKERS.
STATEMENT FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY (2/18/11)
(New York, NY)—"Today, the Republican House leadership pushed through the U.S. House of Representatives an extreme and dangerous piece of legislation targeting Planned Parenthood, one of America’s largest and most trusted health care providers, and voted to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including providing basic primary and lifesaving preventive health care to women and families.
“The outcome of this vote is not a surprise, but it is radically out of step with mainstream American values and it is out of line with the issues voters want Congress to focus on.
“In attacking Planned Parenthood, the House Republican leadership has launched an outrageous assault on the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who rely on Planned Parenthood for primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, family planning visits, birth control, HIV testing, and more.
“This measure would directly impact our ability to provide the lifesaving cancer screenings, gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling to the more than 50,000 New Yorkers we see annually, not to mention the tens of thousands more we reach through our street outreach and sex education programs. Last year we provided 21,000 HIV tests, 12,000 lifesaving cervical cancer screenings, 56,000 family planning visits. Two-thirds of the patients we see rely on Medicaid, or receive our services for a reduced fee or for free – patients we would no longer be able to see.
Additionally, Planned Parenthood of New York City recently received federal grants to teach evidence-based sex education programs in targeted at-risk neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. This bill eliminates all of those.
“This policy of attempting to undermine Planned Parenthood, the organization in the United States that does more than any other to encourage the use of contraception for those wanting to avoid pregnancy, certainly guarantees an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies. It is difficult to understand why people who say they are opposed to abortion would do so much to undermine the family planning and contraception that helps prevent the need for it.
“To be clear, the amendment to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding does nothing to reduce the deficit and it does nothing to improve the economy. In fact, health professionals will actually lose their jobs as a result, and, most egregiously, it takes health care away from American women who cannot afford to pay for it on their own.
“Planned Parenthood is a community-based provider of life-saving primary and preventive health care. For many New Yorkers, our doctors and nurses are the only health care providers they see.
“It now falls to Senators from both parties to join together to reject this extreme approach, restore common sense, and guarantee that Planned Parenthood and the millions of Americans who count on us for health care are protected. Ensuring that millions of women can obtain health care from their trusted provider is what mainstream Americans want and expect from the United States Senate.”
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC is bringing better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
Read Planned Parenthood’s Fact Sheet on Title X and the Pence bill to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose.