November 30, 2015

Dear Supporter,

In response to the tragedy in Colorado Springs, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley has been in contact with all local police departments and the New York State Police. Today, the City of Poughkeepsie Police came to our Poughkeepsie Heath Center to assess our security protocols and to discuss what enhancement we can add to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.  Appointments are scheduled for law enforcement officials in Goshen, Newburgh, Monticello, New Windsor and Kingston to engage in the same process.  We expect upgrades in security technology to be required.  Remote monitoring capabilities were critical to saving lives in Colorado, and this may be one of the things we need to address immediately.  We may also need to add additional hours for our security guard.

Local law enforcement and the State Police have been exceptionally supportive and anxious to partner with us.  As a matter of fact, in each community where one of our health centers is located, they told us additional surveillance was in place while the tragedy in Colorado was unfolding.  We will seek their input to the technology and monitoring systems that provide heightened security.

The safety of patients and staff is our top priority and we want to ensure that our health centers are safe, supportive, welcoming environments for all people to get the high-quality healthcare they need. Our doors are open today, and they will be open tomorrow.

We've seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months, and that environment breeds these acts of violence. Cecile Richards, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America has said it best –

“To those who go to unimaginable extremes to close our doors:
We deplore your violence.
We reject your threats.
We fight your legislation to limit reproductive rights and health care in every corner of our country.
We believe your actions and words hurt women — whether by making it impossible to seek healthcare or by creating a climate of disrespect and hostility that fosters extremist violence.

We demand an end to the incendiary rhetoric from anti-abortion activists and lawmakers that demonizes Planned Parenthood doctors and patients. The smear campaign and false accusations that motivated the attack in Colorado Springs must stop.

We aren't going anywhere. Planned Parenthood has been here for nearly 100 years, and we will keep being here as long as women, men, and young people need healthcare with dignity.

To those who go to shocking extremes to close our doors, know this:   These doors stay open.”



Ruth-Ellen Blodgett

President and CEO


Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Inc.


December 01, 2015