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April 4, 2013

Planned Parenthood Testimony in Florida House Health & Human Services Committee

"Thank you Chairman and committee members. My name is Lillian Tamayo and I'm representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. I'm here today to thank Representative Pigman for listening to our concerns about HB 1129 and addressing them by amending the legislation. With the most recent amendment today we are now able to withdraw our opposition to this bill.

The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates originally expressed concerns about HB 1129, because some language went beyond health and safety issues.

Following a hearing last week in the House of Representatives Civil Justice Subcommittee, some biased media outlets reported our position inaccurately.

To ensure that there is no confusion about our position – which has been consistent throughout and is rooted in Planned Parenthood’s role as a provider of cancer screenings, STD tests, birth control, and other basic, preventive health care to more than 80,000 people across Florida every year, I want to take this opportunity to restate our position.

As a trusted health care provider, Planned Parenthood strongly condemns any physician who does not follow the law or endangers a woman's or child's health. And while HB 1129 addresses a situation that is extremely unlikely and highly unusual, if the scenario presented by the legislation should happen, of course a Planned Parenthood doctor would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant.

Both general medical guidelines and ethics and Planned Parenthood's own policies already compel physicians facing life-threatening circumstances to respond, and Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care.

I want to be clear that Planned Parenthood works every day to ensure women, men and families can lead healthy lives with access to health care. More than 90 percent of what we do is preventive care such as life saving cancer screenings and STD testing and treatment.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Florida know what we stand for first-hand – they’re the women who have children today because Planned Parenthood helped them control their Endometriosis and preserve their fertility, the young men who are able to have jobs and families because we helped detect their HIV early, and the women who will live to see their grandchildren because we caught their breast cancer.

We again want to thank the bill sponsor for addressing our concerns and therefore we can withdraw our opposition.

Thank you."

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

April 1, 2013

Statement regarding Planned Parenthood's testimony on HB 1129

"Last week, a panel of Florida state legislators demanded speculation about a vague set of extremely unlikely and highly unusual medical circumstances.  Medical guidelines and ethics already compel physicians facing life-threatening circumstances to respond, and Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care. In the extremely unlikely event that the scenario presented by the panel of legislators should happen, of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant."

-Barbara Zdravecky, FAPPA Board Chair