New York - Today Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region announced it will close two health centers in Cincinnati due to relentless state and federal attacks against reproductive health care.
This comes as the Trump administration has begun to enforce a gag rule intended to force Planned Parenthood to stop providing birth control, cancer screenings and STI testing through Title X –– the nation’s program for affordable birth control and other reproductive health care. This gag rule threatens access to health care for millions of people across the country struggling to make ends meet, including 150,000 New Yorkers.
Official Statement from Laura McQuade, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City:
“These closures are the result of a one-two punch from the Trump administration and ruthless politicians who constantly chip away at our fundamental human rights. Thousands of struggling Ohioans are now forced to work even harder to access vital health care. A person’s zip code should never determine whether or not they can get life-saving STI tests or cancer screenings. This must end! Planned Parenthood of New York City is determined to protect sexual and reproductive health care for all New Yorkers, and people across the country who need affordable, quality services. The health and well-being of our patients is worth fighting for.”
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