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FAQ: 2020 Election and SCOTUS

You may have questions about what the election and/or the recent confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) means for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and our services.

Can I still get an abortion at Planned Parenthood?  

  • Planned Parenthood remains here with you and for you.   

  • PPGNY is still providing safe, legal abortion at our health centers. We are operating under our normal schedule.  

  • Our doors are open. If you need an abortion, we’re here with you. 

Following the 2020 election and the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, do you think PPGNY will be able to provide abortion in the future? 

  • It’s important to note that in 2019, New York proactively enshrined the protections of Roe v. Wade in state law with the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, making abortion care safe and legal in New York despite federal interference.  Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Action Fund is proud to support progressive legislation that ensures safe, affordable access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care and education — including access to safe, legal abortion.   

  • Yes, we plan to do whatever we can to continue to take care of our patients. We believe every person deserves access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health care and education they need. That includes safe, legal abortion.   

  • When our patients need us, we’ll be there, no matter what.  

What does it mean if Planned Parenthood cannot provide abortions? 

Planned Parenthood health centers are open and providing safe, legal abortion care at health centers across the country — no matter the threats or attacks on access to care. 

Will Planned Parenthood always provide care to immigrants who are undocumented? Can patients be sure they will not face threats of deportation as a result of coming to PPGNY?

  • Health care is a human right. All people should have access to quality, affordable health care and information regardless of income, insurance or immigration status. Fear of deportation and discrimination keeps many immigrants from seeking the care, services and information they need. 

  •  PPGNY is proud to be a place that immigrants can turn to for essential and confidential health care and information, and we will always proudly provide care to undocumented immigrants. PPGNY is committed to doing everything we can to protect patients from threats of deportation or any other threat as a result of their immigration status.  

  • We have clear protocol in place for how to respond to protect patients and staff to the fullest extent possible in case Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) were to come to one of our health centers.  

  • In addition, PPGNY staff will not ask or document a patient’s or client’s U.S. citizenship or immigration status unless it is relevant to their care and access to financial coverage.  

How will Barrett’s position on the Affordable Care Act impact New Yorkers? 

  • Barrett has been openly critical of the ACA and its requirement that all health plans include no copay birth control coverage.   

  • Planned Parenthood of Greater New York provides affordable sexual and reproductive care to anyone who needs it, including a wide range of birth control options. Our doors remain open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. 

  • The ACA is still intact, and you should still enroll if you need insurance coverage. Open enrollment takes place Nov. 1, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021. Our clinical staff and financial counselors at our health centers can help you apply during your appointment.  

The Trump-Pence administration has rolled back health care access for transgender/nonbinary people. Can I still receive transgender health care at PPGNY?

As health care providers, educators, and advocates, PPGNY is committed to serving all people with care and respect. We are proud to provide sexual and reproductive health care and education to transgender people in communities across New York — including cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, birth control, and transgender hormone therapy. Making our health centers a safe and supportive environment is valuable for all patients and we strive to make sure the identity of transgender people is acknowledged, respected, and understood. You can make an in-person or telehealth appointment on our website or by phone at 1-800-230-PLAN. 

How can I support Planned Parenthood and/or help protect abortion rights?

  

Ways to Take Action

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