FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement by Becki Brenner, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Regarding the Final Day of Budget Negotiations
Cincinnati, OH, April 8, 2011—It's an outrage to shut down the government over an extreme proposal that would deny millions of women Pap tests, breast cancer screenings and birth control.
Attacking Planned Parenthood’s preventive health care hurts women, does not cut the deficit or fix the economy, and must be stopped.
For 81 years, PPSWO has provided medical care and family planning services to women across Southwest Ohio. One in five American women has received care from a Planned Parenthood health center during her lifetime, and last year three million patients came to one of our more than 800 health centers. We are trusted by millions of women and families, and we deliver care to those who need it most.
This policy of attempting to undermine Planned Parenthood, the organization in the United States that does more than any other to encourage the use of contraception for those wanting to avoid pregnancy, certainly guarantees an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies. It is difficult to understand why people who say they are opposed to abortion would do so much to undermine the family planning and contraception that helps prevent the need for it.
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region serves nearly 25,000 patients in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky and has 10 health centers.
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region provides:
45,000 STI Tests
6,900 Cervical Cancer Screenings
8,800 Breast Exams
Every year, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses carry out nearly one million lifesaving screenings for cervical cancer and 830,000 breast exams, and its health centers also provide contraception to nearly 2.5 million patients and nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Planned Parenthood is also an essential health care provider. For six in 10 women who receive medical care from doctors and nurses at family planning health centers like those run by Planned Parenthood, these centers are their main source of health care.
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