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Hundreds to Gather for First Ever Sexual Health Lobby Day

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2015

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

Hundreds to Gather for First Ever Sexual Health Lobby Day

33 Health Care, Education, and Advocacy Groups to Host Lobby Day at Massachusetts State House


BOSTON— On June 30th, a coalition of 33 health care providers, educators, and advocates will bring over 150 supporters to the State House to encourage elected officials to support a legislative agenda aimed at expanding access to sexual health services and education programs.  

The event will include remarks by Attorney General Maura Healey, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) Board member Jamie Sabino, and high school and college students from across the state, including members of PPLM’s Get Real Teen Council.  

Advocates will then attend meetings with their state representatives and senators to ask lawmakers to support legislation that will remove barriers to sexual and reproductive health care and comprehensive, medically-accurate sexuality education in Massachusetts.

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Congress Moves to End Nation's Family Planning Program

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2015

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

Congress Moves to End Nation's Family Planning Program

Could Leave Thousands of Massachusetts Residents Without Care

BOSTON -Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies issued a 2016 fiscal year funding proposal that would eliminate the Title X Family Planning program, cutting health care - including family planning services, well-woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatments for sexually transmitted infections - that nearly 4.6 million people, including approximately 1.5 million Planned Parenthood patients, currently rely on. The funding bill would also eliminate nearly all federal funding for teen pregnancy prevention and sex education programs.

“This bill would gut teen pregnancy prevention and sex education programs - just as we are making historic progress in reducing teen pregnancy here in Massachusetts and across the country,” said Sue Kaufman, Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. “Here in Massachusetts, Title X funding supports our health centers in Worcester, Fitchburg, Marlborough and Milford. Elimination of this funding could leave thousands of women in Massachusetts without access to care.”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 350,000 women in Massachusetts need publicly supported contraception services. More than 100,000 of those women live in Worcester and Middlesex counties alone.[i]

In the U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rates have reached a historic low, and more young people are delaying sexual activity and using birth control when they do have sex.  Research shows that well-designed and well-implemented sex education programs can decrease sexual risk behaviors among teens, including delaying sexual intercourse, increasing condom and birth control use, and reducing the number of sexual partners and frequency of sex.

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Planned Parenthood Applauds Senate Budget

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2015

Contact: Colleen Fazio, Communications Manager (617) 515-0531

 

Planned Parenthood Applauds Senate Budget

Senate increases critical family planning funding

 

BOSTON—Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) commends the Senate for including $5.525 million for critical family planning programming in its budget.

“We are grateful the Senate recognized the importance of family planning in its FY2016 budget proposal, and call on the Conference Committee to demonstrate this same commitment to Massachusetts women and families and maintain the Senate’s proposed funding level,” said Tricia Wajda, Director of Public Affairs. “For many women, the state’s investment in family planning services makes the difference between having access to cancer screenings and birth control or forgoing health care altogether. Family planning funding makes it possible for essential community health care providers to offer a wide range of preventive health care services to Massachusetts families.”

The Senate’s budget provides approximately $500,000 more for family planning than Governor Baker’s proposal and the House budget, as passed, which both included about $5 million.

More than 300,000 Massachusetts women and families use publicly funded family planning centers for basic health care.  These centers provide essential preventative and clinical care to Massachusetts women who would otherwise be unable to afford such care.  Investment in family planning is also cost effective: for every $1 the state invests in this program, $7.09 is saved.

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Local Teens Encourage Young People to “Get Yourself Tested” This April

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015

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

Local Teens Encourage Young People to “Get Yourself Tested” This April

Get Real Teen Council video seeks to de-stigmatize STD testing

BOSTON— As part of the seventh annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign, local members of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ Central Massachusetts Get Real Teen Council (GRTC) released a video today urging people to get themselves tested. GYT is a month-long national campaign designed to promote sexual health and address the disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) - including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea - among young people under 25.

With chapters in Boston and Worcester, GRTC members conduct comprehensive sexuality education workshops in schools, after-school programs, and at other community events. The Central Massachusetts GRTC is comprised of twelve 10-12th graders attending a variety of schools in the Worcester area (Doherty, Tech, South, Abbey Kelly Foster Charter Public School, Bancroft, and Millbury). Their video about STD testing is available here.

“Young people, like the GRTC members, are the best ambassadors to reach other young people and help spread the word about the importance of getting tested,” said Shira Cahn-Lipman, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) Manager of Youth and Professional Education. “At Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts we’re proud to offer affordable STD testing and treatment, sexuality education, and information, to help ensure that young people stay healthy and safe.”

Read more: Local Teens Encourage Young People to “Get Yourself Tested” This April

Planned Parenthood Scorecard Confirms Strong Support for Reproductive Health in Massachusetts Legislature

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2015

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

 

Planned Parenthood Scorecard Confirms Strong Support for Reproductive Health in Massachusetts Legislature

Now is the time for Massachusetts to be a leader on sexual and reproductive health

 

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (PPAF) of Massachusetts released its 2015 Legislative Scorecard today, revealing a strong majority of legislators support access to sexual and reproductive health.

“This Scorecard is proof that Massachusetts can and should be a national leader on issues pertaining to reproductive health and sexuality education,” said Nonnie Burnes, Interim PPAF President. “The fact that the majority of our state legislators voted in favor of the Safe Access law last summer and didn’t suffer consequences in the voting booth should inspire them to demonstrate more leadership on policies that will make Massachusetts a healthier place to live.”

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