Cleveland & NE Ohio Stand with Planned Parenthood at Day of Action Rally, Draws 100 & Big Pink Bus

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Local Patients, Staff and Supporters Come Together to Support Planned Parenthood's Vital Role in Health Care. Planned Parenthood's Big Pink Bus Met by Energized and Diverse Local Crowd of 100.

Planned Parenthood's big pink bus rolled through Cleveland today to energize a group of 100 diverse local supporters from Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio (PPNEO) who turned out to celebrate the organization's vital role in women's health and speak out against Congressional efforts to bar it from participating in federal programs.

The supporters gathered for a “Stand with Planned Parenthood” rally to call on their elected officials to reject the extreme proposal that would cut off Planned Parenthood from federal funding that supports lifesaving cancer screenings, affordable birth control, sexuality education and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

"Today, we are making crystal clear exactly what Planned Parenthood means to the women and families of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The health services that our doctors and nurses provide are critical to this community, and we are speaking out against attacks that put women's health at risk," said PPNEO CEO Tara Broderick.

"We stand with Planned Parenthood and urge our Congressmen and Senators to continue funding the high-quality, affordable care PPNEO has provided for decades."

At the noontime rally at PPNEO’s Cleveland Health Center, 7997 Euclid Ave., local PPNEO supporters, patients and staff spoke about the negative impact a federal funding ban would have on the women of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

They included:

  • Tara Broderick, PPNEO, CEO, rally emcee
  • Jill Palajac, PPNEO, Healthcare Provider
  • Phyllis Harris, PPNEO, Educator
  • Ariella Brown, Staff Member, Office of U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
  • Melody Allen, PPNEO, Patient
  • Max Blachman, Staff Member, Office of U.S, Senator Sherrod Brown
  • Ann Hanson, United Church of Christ
  • Sheila Sullivan, AGAPE

This proposed ban would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including lifesaving cancer screenings, testing for HIV and other diseases and even for providing family planning and birth control.

Throughout Northeast Ohio, Planned Parenthood provides critical services without which thousands of women's health would be at risk. Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio (http://www.PPNEO.org) provides essential reproductive health care, family planning services and sexuality education to 78,000 women and men at 16 health centers in 21 counties throughout Northeast Ohio. More than 95% of PPNEO’s services are preventive. PPNEO strengthens individuals, families and communities by promoting healthy and responsible decision making about parenthood, relationships and sexual health.

Background
Social conservatives are trying to hijack the budget process and bar Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds. They are making a false argument, claiming that it would save the federal government money to bar funding for Planned Parenthood. The truth is that the proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds does not reduce government spending by one penny since it is not a budget cut at all. It simply prohibits Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds for preventive care from existing federal programs. Programs like Medicaid that fund many of our services would still receive federal money, but people who rely on Planned Parenthood's services would have nowhere to turn for them.

This extreme proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving funds from all public health programs, including Medicaid, will hurt American women by taking away health care that they receive today. The proposal before Congress is an ideological attack on a specific health care provider that will result in more women losing access to the very basic health care they need, and does nothing to reduce the deficit, create jobs or improve the economy.

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