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NEW YORK—Today, Planned Parenthood supporters in New York City—and across the country—Pinked Out the Night and called on the U.S. Senate to protect access to care at Planned Parenthood and health care access in general. More than 300 rallied near Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in opposition to Trumpcare, which would “defund” Planned Parenthood and threaten access to birth control and cancer screenings for 2.4 million people. New York City Hall lit up in pink in support, and Planned Parenthood patients and supporters lit up the sky with pink lights and shared personal stories about the importance of Planned Parenthood.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, and Council Member Brad Lander joined to rally and make it clear that taking healthcare away from our communities is unacceptable.
Right now, the Senate is pushing hard and fast to vote on Trumpcare in the next two weeks. The Senate is working in secret, refusing to hold any hearings or listen to health care experts, on legislation that would be devastating for millions.
“Simply put, Trumpcare is the worst bill for health care in a generation, and it must be stopped—now,” said Planned Parenthood of New York City Chief Program Officer Anne Robinson. “Trumpcare would “defund” Planned Parenthood and block people from access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing. New York is not going to stand for that. That’s why we’re Pinking Out the Night all across the city, state, and entire country, demanding that the U.S. Senate stop Trumpcare.”
Trumpcare would block people from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment. In New York City alone, 60,000 people rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for care, and 54% of Planned Parenthood of New York City’s patients use Medicaid.
Trumpcare would cut 23 million off from health insurance, gut maternity care, dismantle Medicaid coverage, and increase costs for millions, including those with preexisting conditions.
Sasha Winters, Planned Parenthood patient from New York City, spoke at the rally: “Both my mother and grandmother are victims of breast cancer. My mother died when I was 7, my grandmother survived. And right now, I am healthy. I know that because, even though I don’t have a lot of money, I have had access to care, first through Planned Parenthood and later, the Affordable Care Act. In my life I’ve been on Medicaid, I’ve relied on Planned Parenthood and now I’m covered by the ACA. Every one of those things is being threatened. Right now. We don’t deserve less. We deserve more. We deserve the right to be healthy. And we deserve the best care that this country has to offer and that’s Planned Parenthood.”
Over the last few months, Planned Parenthood has seen an unprecedented outpouring of organizing, activism, and support. People across New York City have rallied, lobbied in Albany for state legislation, flooded the Congressional switchboard with calls, organized online, and stood up for access to health care. Nationally, Planned Parenthood supporters made over 122,000 phone calls to Members of Congress, and held over 1,500 events to fight for access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing at Planned Parenthood.
Trumpcare is not what the American people want. The Senate must listen to the 80% of voters who support Planned Parenthood and reject efforts to block people from getting care at Planned Parenthood.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 60,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.