For Immediate Release
September 29, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, 404-310-0302, [email protected]
More Than 500 New Yorkers Rally to Highlight Essential Role Planned Parenthood Plays in New York City and Communities Across the Nation
Planned Parenthood of New York City Patients, Activists, Staff and Elected Officials Fight Attacks on Reproductive Health; One of Hundreds of Pink Out Events Nationwide to #StandWithPP
NEW YORK – As extremist politicians continue their attack on reproductive health, seeking to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursement and other federal funding, more than 500 New Yorkers rallied today to show they stand with Planned Parenthood. The rally featured Planned Parenthood of New York City patients, activists, staff, and elected officials highlighting the critical health care Planned Parenthood provides to millions of people across the country every year.
“Today, New York City stands together with millions of Planned Parenthood patients, supporters and activists across the nation against the relentless attacks on reproductive health, on Planned Parenthood, and on the people we serve," said Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. “We have a message to Washington and to statehouses around the country: Efforts by some politicians to strip Planned Parenthood of critical federal funding will leave millions of women and men who rely on our services without health care options when they need them most. We won’t let you do that.”
WHAT: #PinkOutNYC Rally with Planned Parenthood of New York City
WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 12 p.m.
WHERE: Foley Square (across from the Court House in Lower Manhattan)
WHO: Planned Parenthood of New York City activists, patients, staff, First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, and the NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.
Pink Out Day comes in response to efforts by some politicians in Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid reimbursement and other federal funding, leaving people without access to health care options when they need them most.
Planned Parenthood of New York City provides health care services for 50,000 individuals each year and sex education to another 26,000 New Yorkers. Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides 2.7 million people every year with critical health care and millions more with sex education and information. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas.
Quotes from Pink Out NYC speakers and elected officials:
"Across the nation, 2.7 million women, men and young people depend on Planned Parenthood for essential reproductive health care – like birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams – every year," said New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray. "Planned Parenthood health centers are literal life-savers, especially for those who are not wealthy and do not have access to other health care and insurance options."
"Planned Parenthood provides thousands of New Yorkers with high quality, reproductive healthcare when they feel they don’t know where to turn,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Unfortunately, once again, they have been used as a scapegoat for the lack of leadership on this issue on the federal level. We need to assure women that their representatives and groups like Planned Parenthood stand in solidarity with them. I want to thank Planned Parenthood again for their long-standing commitment and tireless work for women’s reproductive rights."
"These attacks on Planned Parenthood are nothing but politics at its absolute worst," said NYC Public Advocate Letitia James. "Planned Parenthood provides high-quality, much-needed services and information for anyone who walks through its doors - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, income, or immigration status. We must continue to stand up for this organization that is a lifeline for millions of Americans."
"I am proud to stand alongside activists, health care professionals and community members as we fight for the high quality, accessible women’s healthcare that Planned Parenthood provides,” said New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. “From cancer screening to reproductive health services and educational programming, Planned Parenthood offers essential services to many women who would otherwise have difficulty accessing these life-saving healthcare resources. Funding this critically important organization should be a top priority for New Yorkers, Congress, and all Americans.”
“As one of the largest health care providers for women in the United States, Planned Parenthood has been in the forefront of assuring that all women, regardless of ability to pay, have access to essential preventive and reproductive health services, including the full range of birth control options, cancer screening, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and abortion,” said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “Planned Parenthood has played a lead role in protecting women’s confidentiality and their right to decide if and when to have children. I am proud to stand by Planned Parenthood and its commitment to women’s health and rights."
"As an activist, I stand with Planned Parenthood because of the brave work they do in spite of the select group of politicians who seem to forget large parts of history," said Naima Hyppolite, Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund Activist Council Member. "Like how repressive, dangerous and sometimes deadly it was to be a woman in this country before Roe v. Wade."
For an interview or photos, please contact Carrie Mumah at 212-274-7494 or [email protected]
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 nearly 50,000 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—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
September 29, 2015