Letter to the Editor, "While Senate Democrats Deal with Political Machinations of Health Care Reform," by Diane Max, Chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of New York City, published in New York Times (8/14/09)
While Senate Democrats deal with political machinations (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/health/policy/06health.html?_r=1&ref=us), the women, men and teens of New York City await life-saving health care.
As Chair of my local Planned Parenthood affiliate, I know very well that more and more women, men, and teens are turning to us for the most basic and essential health care services. We are a safety net provider with a special focus on reproductive health, including routine screenings for cancer, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections — critical services when one in four U.S. teens has a sexually transmitted disease.
American women routinely use community health care clinics such as Planned Parenthood as the entry point to full medical care. The need for our services is now greater than ever, and the challenge to meet this need is also greater than ever. In looking to fix our country's health care system, Congress must not compromise the services of Planned Parenthood and similar essential community health care centers. Women must not be worse off with health care reform!