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Montpelier (VT) – Today Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), the Vermont Commission on Women, Senator Hinda Miller, Representative Lucy Leriche, and Representative Rachel Weston spoke out about the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade the landmark Supreme Court decision that determined the right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or to have an abortion.   

“Despite this strong support for a woman’s right to choose, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, women’s health and rights are still being threatened at every level.  As we move forward with health care reform, leaders must ensure that access to abortion and family planning services are protected,” said Senator Hinda Miller. 

Jill Krowinski, the Director of Vermont Public Policy for PPNNE described the battle ahead on health care reform on the federal level, “Tomorrow, the new Republican leadership in Washington will not only hold a vote to repeal the health care law, they are also pursuing a ban on private health insurance plans that include abortion coverage — a ban that is even more extreme than the Stupak abortion ban we soundly defeated last year.”

This year, Planned Parenthood marks the anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision by doing everything possible to defend women’s health and rights.  A keystone of this commitment is our national Birth Control Matters effort, which seeks to make prescription birth control available without co-pays, enable women to choose the method that works best for them, and to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.

“The most effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy, and reduce the need for abortion, is to improve access to affordable birth control and effective sex education,” said Rep Rachel Weston. Weston was the lead sponsor on a House resolution honoring the Roe v Wade anniversary.  The Resolution passed with great support.

A recent survey found that access to affordable birth control is a serious issue. The survey reports that one in three women voters (34 percent) have struggled with the cost of prescription birth control at some point in their lives. For young adult women, who are most likely to experience an unintended pregnancy, more than half (55 percent) experienced a time when they could not afford to use birth control consistently.


Planned Parenthood of Northern New England


Jill Krowinski

Director of Vermont Public Policy




January 18, 2011


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