Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bill introduced to defund Planned Parenthood. Take action today!

Last week, you heard from us with shocking news: Assemblyman Steven Katz introduced a bill (A.7841) to bar Planned Parenthood, and any other organization that provides abortions, from receiving any state money at all, including money from Medicaid, family planning grants, Title X, CAPPs and other education programs funded by the State.

Now we want to let you know that Katz's bill attacking Planned Parenthood and the women, men and teens we serve has been referred to the Assembly Health Committee, and is set to come up for a vote in the coming weeks. We need your support now more than ever. We're calling on you today to make your voice heard in support of women's health!

If this bill passed, Planned Parenthood would no longer be able to provide the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who rely on us with basic, primary and preventative health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and counseling, and essential sex education programs. This bill would leave New Yorkers devastated. We must stop this legislation in its tracks, but we can't do it without you.

We need you, our biggest supporters, to stand up for PPNYC TODAY.

All New York City legislators serving on the Health Committee must hear from their constituents, encouraging them to defeat this outrageous bill.

PPNYC provides 21,000 HIV tests, 12,000 cancer screenings and 56,000 family planning visits each year. Two-thirds of our patients receive services at a reduced rate or for free, and most have nowhere else to go. If this legislation passed, an estimated two-thirds of our budget would be devastated, and all the New Yorkers who depend on us would be left stranded. Let's tell Senator Katz, and the New York State Assembly that we won't let this happen, not in our state.

Please stand up for women's health today.


Joan Malin, President of Planned Parenthood of New York City

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