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Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund Celebrates Boston City Council Victories

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2015

Contact:  Paul Gels, Communications Coordinator, (617) 515-0531

 

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund Celebrates Boston City Council Victories

Results prove supporting women’s health is a winning issue among Boston voters

BOSTON – The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (PPAF) celebrates the victories of its entire endorsed candidate slate including Annissa Essaibi-George, Michael Flaherty, Ayanna Pressley, and Michelle Wu for Boston City Council At-Large as well as Matt O’Malley, Tito Jackson, Josh Zakim, and Mark Ciommo for Boston District City Council.

“The election of our entire slate of endorsed candidates makes clear that championing access to women’s health care and comprehensive sexuality education are important priorities for Boston voters.” said Tricia Wajda, PPAF’s Director of Public Affairs. “Ayanna Pressley’s leadership passing a Wellness Policy in Boston Public Schools and Michelle Wu’s vocal advocacy for a paid parental leave policy for city of Boston employees are real examples of how our local leaders play a significant role in creating and implementing policies that support the health and wellness of Boston’s women, men, and young people.”

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Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts Marks “Let’s Talk Month” By Encouraging Parents to Talk With Their Teens about Healthy Relationships and Consent

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2015

Contact: Paul Gels, Communications Coordinator, (617) 515-0531

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts Marks “Let’s Talk Month” By Encouraging Parents to Talk With Their Teens about Healthy Relationships and Consent

Boston, Massachusetts — October marks Let’s Talk Month, an annual campaign promoting open family communication about sexuality and relationships. This year Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is encouraging parents to talk with their kids about healthy relationships. Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence - almost triple the national average - and teen girls experiencing intimate partner violence are more likely to become pregnant and more likely to report an STD diagnosis.

“Parents, and other trusted caregivers, have an important role to play in helping young people make healthy decisions around relationships. Young people need to learn age-appropriate skills related to healthy relationships, boundaries, consent, and communication – as well as how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship and how to get the support and help they need if they find themselves in one,” said Jen Slonaker, PPLM’s Vice President of Education and Training. “When teens and parents are comfortable talking with each other about relationships and sex, parents are better able to support teens and help them make healthy decisions.”

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For the First Time Ever, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund Endorses Candidates for Springfield City Council

For Immediate Release:  October 15, 2015

Contact:  Paul Gels, Communications Coordinator, (617) 515-0531

 

For the First Time Ever, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund Endorses Candidates for Springfield City Council

BOSTON – The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (PPAF) is proud to engage in Springfield’s municipal elections for the first time and announce the following endorsements for Springfield City Council:

 

City Council At-Large

Justin Hurst

Jesse Lederman

City Council Ward 1

Zaida Luna

City Council Ward 2

Mike Fenton

City Council Ward 5

Marcus Williams

City Council Ward 6

Kim Rivera

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Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak Announced as New President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Advocacy Fund

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2015

Contact: Paul Gels, Communications Coordinator, (617) 515-0531

 

Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak Announced as New President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Advocacy Fund

For the first time in its history, PPLM will have a physician at the helm.

BOSTON—  This morning, Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak,  Regional Medical Director for Atrius Health, announced she will become the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). She will also serve as President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF), PPLM’s 501(c)(4) advocacy and political arm. Dr. Childs-Roshak will officially join PPLM later this fall.

“I am honored to be selected as PPLM’s new President and Chief Executive Officer and join this amazing community of staff, Board members and supporters who are so committed to expanding health care access for all.” said Dr. Childs-Roshak. “As an essential community health care provider, PPLM plays such an important role in keeping women, men and young people healthy.  I’m looking forward to helping ensure our patients have access to the high quality, compassionate, and nonjudgmental care and education they need and deserve.”

As a primary care physician since 1993, Dr. Childs-Roshak brings with her deep knowledge of the health care system and direct experience working with patients to keep them healthy.  In her most recent role as Regional Medical Director for Atrius Health, Dr. Childs-Roshak led three Boston practices, in addition to personally caring for patients. With an MBA from Boston University’s School of Management, her experience in health care and operations and commitment to serving the underserved are complimented by her strong business acumen.

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Planned Parenthood Supporters and Patients in Cambridge “PINK OUT” to Highlight Essential Role Planned Parenthood plays in Massachusetts

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2015

Contact: Paul Gels, Communications Coordinator, (617) 515-0531

 

Planned Parenthood Supporters and Patients in Cambridge “PINK OUT” to Highlight Essential Role Planned Parenthood plays in Massachusetts

Local supporters gather in Cambridge to stand with Planned Parenthood

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Cambridge, Massachusetts – As extremist politicians in Washington continue unprecedented attacks on reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood’s federal funds, activists joined together to show they stand with Planned Parenthood and the critical preventive health care they provide each year to 2.7 million women and men across the country. Activists gathered in Cambridge to recruit new supporters to their fight, hear directly from Planned Parenthood patients, and to send a clear message to lawmakers that this extreme agenda is deeply unpopular and will not be tolerated.

Today’s event was part of a national “Pink Out Day,” where supporters across the country held sex-ed teach ins, rallies, and free STD testing to demonstrate the essential role Planned Parenthood plays in the community.

“Today our community comes together to stand up for women and families across Massachusetts who rely on Planned Parenthood for essential, preventive reproductive health care, like birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment and well-woman exams,” said Tricia Wajda, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund. “The onslaught of attacks on women’s health is part of a dangerous agenda by extremist politicians who are determined to roll back access to reproductive health care and ban safe and legal abortion – even if it means a government shutdown.   By hijacking women’s health for political gain, these out-of-touch politicians are turning their backs on the health care needs of millions of patients. Tonight, Massachusetts supporters join other activists across the county in an effort to elevate the voices of those who will be most impacted by dangerous politics.”

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