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Sunset rallies took place around the country – and right here on Long Island


Hempstead, NY — Last night, Planned Parenthood supporters on Long Island “Pinked Out the Night” and called on the Senate to protect access to care at Planned Parenthood. More than 100 people from across Long Island rallied in a sea of pink outside of the Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Hempstead Health Center in protest of Trumpcare, which would “defund” Planned Parenthood and threaten access to services like birth control and cancer screenings for 2.4 million people.


Planned Parenthood patients and supporters lit up the sky with pink lights and shared personal stories about the important role Planned Parenthood plays in keeping the people in our country and communities safe, healthy and alive. In New York alone, more than 186,000 people rely on Planned Parenthood annually.


Right now, the Senate is working in secret to push a vote on Trumpcare within the next two weeks — all without holding any hearings or listening to health care experts on legislation that would be devastating for millions.


“Simply put, Trumpcare is the worst bill for women’s health in a generation, and it must be stopped — now,” said PPNC President & CEO JoAnn Smith. “This bill will defund Planned Parenthood and block millions of people across the country from accessing the essential, lifesaving reproductive health care they need and deserve, including services such as birth control, cancer screenings, as well as STI testing and treatment.”


President & CEO of PPHP, Vincent Russell, added, “Thank you to our supporters who stand with us in this fight for the 23 million women, men, and young people who need access to health insurance, the 2.4 million people who choose Planned Parenthood as their health care provider, and the 49,000 New Yorkers who choose PPHP and PPNC for their reproductive health care.”


Patients advocates, like Alyson, spoke at last night’s rally:


Without Planned Parenthood, I would not be who I am today. Without accessing contraceptives, I may have gotten pregnant and my dreams/my plans for the future could have been jeopardized. I would not know how to advocate for myself in a relationship. I would not have the opportunity to speak with elected officials about issues that affect my life and the lives of others. Thanks to Planned Parenthood, I feel in control of my body and my future.


So, that’s why I’m here to speak to you today. Planned Parenthood is under unprecedented attack right now…there are some politicians that believe my access to health care is not a right and they want to take it away. So as a patient advocate, I’m fighting back to ensure that these doors stay open.”


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