At Planned Parenthood our doors stay open. We will never back down and we will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the care they need, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income, country of origin, zip code, and more. Health care should not be political.
What we know is our patients don’t just need sex education, birth control, or cancer screenings -- our patients need a living wage, to live in communities free of violence and without fear their families will be torn apart. Our patients need clean water, quality education and the unrestricted ability to vote. And that’s why we are here and that is why we will keep fighting.
PPSNE believes that every individual has the fundamental right to determine their own reproductive destiny and understands that that right is directly linked to the conditions in their communities. Every individual deserves the right to live in a safe and healthy environment, and to control their body, gender and sexuality—free from violence and exploitation. Working in coalition with a broad base of women’s rights, health and social justice organizations, PPSNE is advocating for the following issues during the legislative session of 2017:
- Working to preserve state family planning funding, so that PPSNE can continue to provide health care to all, including our 60,000 patients who come to our health centers every year in CT
- Protect preventive health care including birth control with no copay or no cost sharing if Affordable Care Act is repealed
- With the Campaign for Paid Family Leave advocating for an employee-funded statewide system of earned family and medical leave for workers needing time to care for themselves or an ill loved one or a new baby.
- With CT Students for a Dream supporting legislation to equalize access to institutional aid at state colleges and universities for undocumented students.
- With CT Equality working to pass legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy
- Supporting an increase in the minimum wage
- Working with CT Fair Chance Coalition to protect against housing and employment discrimination.
- In coalition with CT Immigrant Rights Alliance fighting to keep families and communities together and protect against deportation threats.
We are also closely monitoring legislation and attempts at placing unnecessary restrictions on reproductive health care access, including targeted restrictions on abortion providers and mandatory parental consent or notice prior to abortion. We continue to monitor the work of our state health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, and our state SIM (health care innovation process) to protect access to full range of reproductive health care.