In an e-mail sent out to Planned Parenthood supporters today, Sandra Fluke stresses the importance of affordable and accessible birth control and urges readers to join her in speaking out in support of the Affordable Care Acts’ no co-pay birth control benefit.
There are 48 days left of the administration’s 60-day public comment period — ending on April 8. Fluke’s e-mail comes one year after the memorable congressional committee hearing about whether women need access to birth control, where Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa refused to hear her testimony.
In the e-mail, Fluke says, “I'm proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and President Obama as we work to expand access to affordable birth control. And I'm proud to stand with millions of women and men — including you — who are fighting for women's health every single day.”
As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood has led the charge for access to contraception for nearly a century and is committed to working tirelessly to ensure that women have access to birth control without hurdles or co-pays.
On February 1, Planned Parenthood Federation of America began asking supporters to add their name in support of the President’s plan to expand access to birth control.
You can view the full e-mail from Sandra Fluke to Planned Parenthood supporters below.
If you have any questions, please contact the Planned Parenthood media office at 212-261-4433.
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From: Sandra Fluke for Planned Parenthood
Date: Wed, Feb 20, 2013
Subject: Let's win this fight once and for all
One year ago, I prepared to testify before Congress about the critical role affordable birth control plays as part of essential health care for millions of women.
Instead, I was shut out by legislators who had no interest in hearing about how birth control matters to women who suffer from ovarian cysts, women who survive sexual assault, women who want to plan their families and their futures.
Who spoke in my place? A Catholic bishop and the president of East Texas Baptist University — along with eight other witnesses who all refused to acknowledge the reality that for millions of women, birth control is basic health care. And I was smeared by pundits, shock jocks like Rush Limbaugh, and shameless political operatives who wanted me and the millions of women speaking out to just go away.
Well, we're still here. They're still wrong. And this is still a fight.
President Obama's plan strikes the right balance. It guarantees that women will be able to get birth control without a co-pay, while ensuring that the rights of religious organizations are respected. Despite the president's accommodation of religious organizations, powerful voices are still fighting to take this basic health care away from women.
It comes down to this: nobody — politicians, bosses, or anyone else — should be able to block your access to essential health care. Nobody has the right to deny you power over your body and your future.
Every time we speak out for our fundamental right to make our own medical decisions, there are those who try to silence us. They deny us a hearing, they shout us down, they call us names (I think I've heard them all by now).
But it didn't work on me then, and it won't work on us now. We don't have much time left to speak out. Will you be heard?
I'm proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and President Obama as we work to expand access to affordable birth control. And I'm proud to stand with millions of women and men — including you — who are fighting for women's health every single day.
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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.