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BPCLC Letter to Speaker Boehner RE Opposition to Proposed Cuts to Planned Parenthood

BPCLC Letter to Speaker Boehner RE Opposition to Proposed Cuts to Planned Parenthood

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April4,2011TheHonorableHarryReidMajorityLeaderoftheUnitedStatesSenate522HartSenateOfficeBuildingWashington,DC20510TheHonorableJohnBoehnerSpeakeroftheUnitedStatesHouseofRepresentativesH-232TheCapitolWashington,DC20515DearMajorityLeaderReidandSpeakerBoehner:WeimploreyoutoopposetheproposedcutswhichwouldbarPlannedParenthoodfromfederalfundingandcutwomenofffromlifesavingbreastandcervicalcancerscreenings,annualexams,birthcontrol,HIVtesting,sexeducation,andSTItestingandtreatment.InNewYorkState223,148womendependonPlannedParenthoodforhighqualityhealthcare.
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wouldbeatruedetrimenttoourconstituentsiftheUnitedStatesCongressdecidedtoeliminatethisaccess.ThreemillionAmericansrelyonPlannedParenthoodhealthcentersforprimaryandpreventativecare.ThesecentersserveasthesolesourceofhealthcareformanyNewYorkresidentsanddelivershealthservicestoruralcommunitiesandlow-incomeindividuals.Everyyeardoctorsprovideaffordablecontraceptionfornearly2.5millionpatients,performnearlyonemillioncervicalcancerscreenings,carryout830,000breastexams,andexecutenearlyfourmilliontestsandtreatmentsforsexuallytransmittedinfectionswhichincludeahalfmillionHIVtests.DecreasingoreliminatingfederalfundsforhealthproviderssuchasPlannedParenthoodwouldhaveseverelydamagingeffectsontheseAmericans.InattackingPlannedParenthood,theHouseRepublicanleadershiphaslaunchedamorallyindefensibleassaultonthemillionsofAmericanswhorelyonPlannedParenthoodforhighqualityprimaryandpreventativehealthcare.Butifproposedlegislation,suchasRep.MikePence's(R-IN)H.R.217,werepassed,
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wouldresultinmillionsofwomenlosingtheirprimaryandpreventivehealthcare.Thesebillsareantitheticaltofiscalresponsibilityandqualityhealthcare.Everydollarinvestedinfamilyplanningsavesnearly$4downtheline.TheefforttobarPlannedParenthoodfromreceivingfederalfundingwilldonothingtoreducethedeficitsinceitisnotabudgetcut.
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ismerelyameasurethatprohibitsPlannedParenthoodfromreceivingfundingtoprovidepreventivehealthcare.
 
OurconstituentsandpeopleallacrossNewYorkarestrugglingtoaccessaffordablehealthcare.Restrictingtheirabilitytoreceivecarefromproviderstheytrustandwhoseservicetheycanaffordisunacceptable.Nowisthetimetofocusoncreatingjobsdgrowingtheeconomy,notdecreasingaccesstoadequateandaffordablehealthcare.

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