Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, released the following statement today welcoming President Barack Obama's second inauguration:
"President Obama's inauguration represents a resounding victory for women, women's health, and women's economic security. Americans spoke loud and clear in November - they believe women should have access to affordable health care and be able to make their own medical decisions, without interference from politicians.
"Unfortunately, some politicians just did not get this message, and they're right back to their attacks on women's health. In just the first day of the 113th Congress, two bills were introduced to limit women's access to the wide range of preventive health care services that Planned Parenthood health centers provide, including cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control.
"As a trusted provider of quality, preventive health care, [insert affiliate name] - and the over 750 affiliate Planned Parenthood health centers across the country - stand ready to serve the millions of people who will soon have access to health care under the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to working with President Obama and his administration to ensure that millions more Americans can get the health care they need."
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization serving Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties. Each year, more than 13,000 patients make over 20,000 visits to UHPP health centers in Albany, Hudson and Troy. UHPP provides a wide range of reproductive health services including annual GYN exams including PAP tests, breast exams and self-exam instruction, colposcopy, cryosurgery and LEEP, birth control information and supplies, Emergency Contraception, pregnancy testing and options counseling, first trimester abortion (medication and surgical), adoption and prenatal referrals, and more. UHPP provides educational programs to more than 5,000 participants at more than 500 programs each year and advocates for women's health.