“Now is the time to show Washington we will not stand by as they take away our reproductive rights and access to health care. People's lives are at stake as they pick and choose who they think should receive care to provide tax cuts to the rich. Trumpcare goes against our values and everything this country represents and we must make our voices heard.”
- Robin Chappelle Golston, President and CEO, Empire State Acts
(Albany, NY) On June 21, Planned Parenthood patients and supporters will Pink Out Albany with a sunset rally to protect access to care at Planned Parenthood and oppose Trumpcare. Supporters won’t let the sun set on our access to reproductive health care and will light the night sky with pink lights. It has become abundantly clear that Senator McConnell and Republican leadership plan to move very quickly to pass Trumpcare. The Senate is working in secret, refusing to hold any hearings or listen to health care experts, on legislation that would be devastating for New Yorkers and millions nationwide. They are aiming to take a vote on the bill BEFORE the July 4 recess. Planned Parenthood supporters aren’t going to sit silently while DC politicians negotiate away their access to health care
Trumpcare would block people from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment, as well as gut maternity care; roll back Medicaid coverage; increase costs for millions, and allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and charge exorbitant prices.
Who : Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts
What : Pink the Night Out Sunset Rally
When : Wednesday, June 21st
Where : West Capitol Park (Swan & Washington)
NYS Fast Facts:
‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood would deny millions of women nationally access to cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment and should be rejected. In 2015 alone Planned Parenthood clinics in New York performed over 67,000 breast and pap exams, and over 400,000 screenings for STIs and nearly 10,000 treatments. New York Planned Parenthoods provided contraceptive care to nearly 143,000 individuals and administered just under 80,000 pregnancy tests.
The term “defunding” is a misnomer. Planned Parenthood does not receive a blank check from the government and is not a line item in the budget. Like any other health care provider or hospital, Planned Parenthood is reimbursed for services they provide to patients.
Fifty-four percent of Planned Parenthood health centers are in health professional shortage areas, rural or medically underserved areas. There are 58 health centers in New York State, more than half of which are located in primary care shortage areas. Planned Parenthood health centers provide preventive health care to many who otherwise would have nowhere to turn for care. Although Planned Parenthood health centers comprised 10% of the country’s safety-net centers that offered family planning care in 2010, they served 36% of patients served by such centers.
Blocking access to Planned Parenthood hurts people in communities who are struggling to get by the most – especially those with low incomes and those living in areas with no other quality health care providers. In 2015 New York State Planned Parenthood served approximately 180,000 total patients, 102,000 of use Medicaid. This disproportionately impacts people who already face structural barriers to accessing care including people of color, immigrants, young people, and members of the LGBTQ community – with those whose identities overlap facing multiple barriers.