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Budget Seeks to Block Patients from Planned Parenthood
NEW YORK – Yesterday the Trump-Pence administration released its FY19 budget proposal, which continues its efforts to strip away people’s rights and health care. This year’s budget plan proposes sweeping changes that, if implemented, would radically reduce New Yorker’s access to health care and information through vital community programs.
Statement from Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City:
“The Trump-Pence administration is using the FY 2019 budget as a vehicle to decimate access to sexual and reproductive health care and hinder the ability of New Yorkers to stay healthy and care for their families. The budget blocks patients’ access to Planned Parenthood, dismantles Medicaid and strips away people’s rights. More than half of Planned Parenthood of New York City’s patients rely on Medicaid to access health care. This budget would be devastating to the City’s communities.
In 2017, President Trump and Congress were stopped in their tracks when they tried to pursue similar policies. Planned Parenthood of New York City activists phone banked, rallied, wrote letters, organized nearly 300 events, and made multiple bus trips to Washington, D.C. to tell their stories. Now, the Trump-Pence administration is once again using its power to advance an even more harmful agenda. PPNYC will not stop fighting for New Yorkers and people nationwide to have access to the care they need and deserve.”
In addition to gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicaid program the budget proposes to:
- Block people from accessing basic, preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers;
- Eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program while continuing abstinence-only-until-marriage funding;
- Double down on policies allowing health care workers to deny information and care to women and LGBTQ people;
- Impose a new ban on access to abortion for immigrants in ICE detention facilities;
- Slash international funding for family planning by over 50 percent, while also emphasizing the use of “natural birth control” methods such as the rhythm method over other, more effective forms of birth control.
While the budget proposal does not change policy on its own, it has a significant impact as a framework for the administration’s policymaking. After the Trump-Pence FY18 budget was released, the administration then:
- Emboldened states to block access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers in violation of long-standing federal law;
- Issued a rule that allows employers and universities to deny birth control coverage to employees and students;
- Shorten grants for teen pregnancy prevention programs including a PPNYC grant.;
- Curtailed grants under the Title X family planning program;
- Implemented the expanded global gag rule, which puts vulnerable women around the world at risk;
- Issued a newly proposed regulation allowing health care workers to deny people basic information and care, putting the personal beliefs of health care workers over the health of the patients in their care;
- Instituted a policy that would deny undocumented immigrant women in HHS custody their constitutional right to access abortion. These women have had to go to court to force HHS to allow them the freedom to control their own bodies.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. 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.