Local Patients, Staff, and Supporters Come Together in Support of Planned Parenthood’s Vital Role in Health Care

(South Florida) Local supporters of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast are joining together on Saturday, March 19, 2011, to highlight the preventive and lifesaving services provided at local health centers and to support continued funding for women’s health care. The supporters are gathering to call on their elected officials to reject the extreme proposal that would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding for lifesaving cancer screenings, family planning, birth control and testing for sexually transmitted infections.

 

 

“Today, we are making crystal clear exactly what Planned Parenthood means to the women and families in South Florida. The health services that our doctors and nurses provide are critical to this community, and we are speaking out against attacks that put women's health at risk,” said Lillian Tamayo, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood and the Treasure Coast.  “We stand with Planned Parenthood and urge our congressmen and senators to continue funding the high-quality, affordable care Planned Parenthood has provided for years.” 

 

 

At the rallies in Boca Raton and Miami local supporters, patients and staff of Planned Parenthood will be holding signs and educating drivers passing them on the street about the negative impact a funding ban would have on the women of South Florida. This proposed ban would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including lifesaving cancer screenings, testing for HIV and other diseases and even for providing family planning and birth control.

 

Miami Rally

 

WHERE:               Senator Rubio’s Miami Office: (Corner of Northwest 36 Street and 87 Avenue)

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

 

WHO:                   Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast Supporters

 

CONTACT:           Mayte Canino 786-594-4741

 

 

Boca Raton Rally

 

WHERE:               Corner of St. Andrews and Glades Road  in Boca Raton

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, March 19th at 11:00am to 12:00pm

 

WHO:                   Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast Supporters

 

CONTACT:           Takeata King Pang 561-472-9942

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Social conservatives are trying to hijack the budget process and bar Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds. They are making a false argument, claiming that it would save the federal government money to bar funding for Planned Parenthood.  The truth is that the proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds does not reduce government spending by one penny since it is not a budget cut at all.  It simply prohibits Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds for preventive care from existing federal programs.  Programs like Medicaid that fund many of our services would still receive federal money, but people who rely on Planned Parenthood’s services would have nowhere to turn for them.

 


The extreme proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving funds from all public health programs, including Medicaid, will hurt American women by taking away health care that they receive today. This proposal before Congress is an ideological attack on a specific health care provider that will result in more women losing access to the very basic health care they need, and do nothing to reduce the deficit, create jobs, or improve the economy.

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The mission of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through the provision of clinical services, education and advocacy. We do so by understanding and responding to the needs of those seeking our services, and by protecting and respecting the essential privacy rights, dignity and culture of each individual.

www.ppsoflo.org

Source

Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, Inc.

Contact

Contact: Judith Selzer (786) 594-4740

Published

March 18, 2011