PPNC Newsletter | Summer 2012  

A Giant Step Forward for Women's Health

President & CEO JoAnn D. Smith headshot.jpg I want to welcome you to this special e-newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading more about some of the ways that your support of Planned Parenthood is making a real difference here in Nassau County.

One example is the recent victory in the fight over health care reform: after more than a year of contacting legislators, sending emails and signing petitions, I am thrilled to report that, this June, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act, a tremendous step forward for women's health.

I know how important the court's decision is, because I see the need for affordable health care every day. The women who walk through our doors often struggle to decide whether to pay for birth control or pay for textbooks, groceries, or gas for the car.

The Affordable Care Act will have a profound and concrete impact on our patients' lives, as well as millions of people across the country. In fact, since the law was passed two years ago, 45 million women have received preventive care without co-pays. That's 27,000 women every single day receiving coverage for preventive services, such as well-woman exams, mammograms and Pap tests. And starting this month, under the Affordable Care Act, women will have access to contraception with no co-pays, saving up to $600 a year in birth control costs.

With the decision to uphold the law, the number of women and families benefiting will only increase. Many thanks to all of our advocates who spoke out about this issue!

JoAnn D. Smith
President & CEO

OMG! Did You GYT?

GYToutreachHere's a scary fact: one in two young people will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by age 25--and most won't know it.

This April, PPNC worked to combat this growing epidemic by participating in the "GYT: Get Yourself Tested" campaign. This national effort, led by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the CDC, uses youthful, empowering messages to reduce the spread of STDs among young people.

Here in Nassau County, our Teen Advocate Project (TAP) teens and college student interns really made a splash with the GYT campaign, reaching more than 850 of their peers.

The TAP teens conducted street outreach in Hempstead, Roosevelt and Uniondale, posting signs, handing out information to local businesses and talking to residents one-on-one. The TAP teens also chalked colorful prevention messages on the streets in Uniondale and Hempstead, as well as conducted outreach in their school cafeterias and posted prevention messages on Facebook.

On the college campuses, PPNC's student interns conducted GYT outreach and events at Hofstra University and SUNY Old Westbury, educating their peers on the importance of getting tested and staying safe.

Legislative Update

Advocates Show Support for Reproductive Health Act (RHA)
Over the past six months, we've asked you to help our efforts to pass the Reproductive Health Act, which would update New York's current law to ensure that women in New York will have access to a full range of reproductive health care despite what may happen at the federal level. The bill contains three important provisions: ensuring that a woman will be able to choose an abortion if her health is endangered; regulating abortion care in the public health code, rather than in the criminal code; and guaranteeing everyone the right to use or refuse contraception.

From the first day the Legislature convened in January through the very last week of the session, we rallied in the Capitol, met with lawmakers in Albany and here in Nassau County, sent 10,000 emails to Gov. Cuomo and members of the Senate and Assembly and jammed the Governor's phone lines with hundreds of calls urging leadership to take up and pass RHA.

Although the Legislature did not pass the bill this year, we were successful in building significant momentum. Equally important, the Governor has publicly stated his support for the bill. Much like New York's marriage equality bill, passing the Reproductive Health Act will take time, but we know that Planned Parenthood’s advocates are passionate, tenacious and will ultimately persevere. Stay tuned for ways that you can get involved during the next legislative session!

Standing with the States
We not only worked to keep New York a safe haven for women's rights, but mobilized supporters in other states to beat back an unprecedented wave of anti-choice legislation restricting access to abortion and birth control.

Most recently, we worked with other Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York on an "Adopt-A-State" phone bank to North Dakota. Supporters like you made phone calls encouraging voters in that state to speak out against Measure 3, a broadly written ballot initiative that, under the guise of "religious liberty," could provide a defense for employers to deny birth control coverage in health insurance plans and even justify criminal acts such as domestic violence and child abuse. Our phone bank was just one of many organizing efforts from across the country--a tremendous and successful collaborative campaign that resulted in the ballot initiative being beaten by nearly 30 points.

This victory shows how powerful we can be when we work together. We hope to have similar success in Florida, where we are working to defeat Measure 6, a ballot initiative that would ban public funding for abortion and reduce privacy rights for women in the state, leaving the floodgates open for a host of anti-choice and anti-women legislation.

 Supporters Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at PPNC Gala

Gala 2012 074.jpg With a rousing Mariachi band, margaritas and piñata centerpieces, this year's Cinco de Mayo gala was truly a fun and festive celebration. Nearly 300 people came together for a well-deserved salute to our honorees, Ronnie Lavine and Ellen Waldman, to bid on fabulous live and silent auction items, and to take a chance in the casino and 50/50 raffle -- all of which helped make this year's gala a memorable event!

But the best news from the evening is that the event helped us raise more than $200,000. These funds will greatly benefit the 40,000 people who rely on PPNC each year for essential preventive health care, family planning services and comprehensive sexuality education.

We also want to say a special "thank you" to the creative and enthusiastic Gala co-chairs and committee members who worked so hard to make the event a success!

Promoting Women's Breast Health

For the past seven years, PPNC has had the privilege of partnering with Komen Greater NYC on Sisters United in Health, a coalition that provides lifesaving breast health education and referrals for cancer screenings to low-income, medically underserved women of color.

Sisters United started off a decade ago with a handful of partners providing a small number of workshops. But with Komen Greater NYC’s generosity, support and guidance, the coalition has grown and flourished…and women’s lives have been saved.

As a grantee of Komen Greater NYC, we urge you to support the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 9, 2012 in Central Park. The Race raises awareness, is a celebration of breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their fight with the disease. Thanks to the Race, Komen Greater NYC was able to award $3.0 million local breast health grants, including one to PPNC, as well as $1.4 million in vital breast cancer research programs to find the cures. You can find more details at www.komennyc.org/race.

In addition, on Friday, October 19, 2012, PPNC and Sisters United will be holding a breast cancer awareness day in our Hempstead health center parking lot. During the event, the Nassau University Medical Center mammography van will be on hand to provide screenings not only for low-income women, but also for others who have not had a mammogram. We encourage you to stop by!

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