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Here are a few ways you can join the fight and get involved locally right here in Massachusetts. 

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The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund Action Forum: Turning Support into Action

By Nikki Goldschein, Public Affairs Coordinator

December 20, 2016

As a reproductive justice advocate and a staff member at the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF), last month’s election was a stark reminder of the important and necessary work that lies ahead for our intersecting movements.

PPAF experienced an unprecedented outpour of support in the days following the election.  And now, as an organizer with PPAF, I jumped on a unique opportunity to bring folks together and turn this support into action. 

That’s why last week, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts convened our supporters together for a 2016 Action Forum event in downtown Boston to provide advocates an opportunity to learn what they can do to get more involved in the fight for reproductive health, rights, and justice right here in Massachusetts. Here’s what went down.

 

Sharing our stories

The event began with a patient advocate sharing her story about receiving high-quality health care at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts – and how that experience inspired her to get involved with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund’s electoral and advocacy work.  

Next, PPLM and PPAF President Jen Childs-Roshak took to the stage and shared her own reaction to the recent presidential outcome. Despite the national landscape becoming increasingly hostile with folks like Tom Price being appointed to lead HHS, Jen reminded the room that PPLM’s doors will stay open – and PPAF will work tirelessly to turn Massachusetts into a national leader for health care access, equal rights, and reproductive freedom.

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Putting Tom Price in Charge of HHS Puts Women’s Health at Risk in Massachusetts

By Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

December 16, 2016

 

When Donald Trump was elected president, we knew he could pose a grave threat to health care access, reproductive freedom, and equal rights in this country. That threat feels even more real as he assembles an administration of politicians with long records of attacking women’s rights and access to health care.

Just look at Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Representative Tom Price. Price is an extreme women’s health opponent who doesn’t understand the lives of women in this country. Price wants to eliminate no-copay birth control for 55 million women and allow insurance companies to charge women more than men for the same health coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

If he had his way, Price would restrict access to safe, legal abortion and block access to Planned Parenthood. He would strip millions of Americans of their access to no-copay preventive services, including STI screenings, life-saving cancer screenings, and birth control. He would do this all regardless of the consequences.

The HHS Secretary is supposed to be an advocate for the health and well-being of all Americans, but Price would rather enact these policies that reduce access to health care and increase disparities.

Let’s be clear, Massachusetts is not immune to these threats. If Price and Republicans in Congress succeed in repealing the ACA, the women of our state could once again face financial barriers when attempting to access contraception. While Massachusetts was a leader in health care reform and has long required contraception to be covered like any other prescription, current state law does not prevent insurers from charging copays on contraception. Price falsely claims “there’s not one woman” who wouldn’t be able to afford birth control, but women know differently, as do the facts.

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Working to End HIV/AIDS for Good in Massachusetts

By Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

December 1st, 2016

On World AIDS Day, we recognize that HIV/AIDS continues to be an urgent human rights and public health crisis, impacting millions in the U.S. and around the world. Fortunately, we know what works when it comes to ending this epidemic: ensuring access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health care and rights; combating stigma, discrimination, and policy barriers that restrict the ability of all people to access life saving information and services; and centering our work around the needs and the voices of marginalized communities. 

We also know that, like most health conditions, politics and social factors impact the way the HIV/AIDS epidemic works. HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, including gay and bisexual men, black women, young people, and transgender people. And social factors such as poverty, gender inequality, discrimination, lack of education, and violence put individuals and communities at increased risk of acquiring HIV and compound the impact of HIV/AIDS.

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4 Things I’m Thankful for on my First Anniversary as President of Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts

By Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak 

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

November 23, 2016

One year ago today, I joined Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts as its new President and Chief Executive Officer and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund as its new President.  When I started, Planned Parenthood health centers and the communities we serve were the target of a deceptive smear campaign and federal defunding attacks. During that time, we delivered a message loud and clear to patients, supporters, and politicians alike: Our Doors Stay Open.

Fast-forward one year and we’re staring down what promises to be more challenges under a Trump Administration.  And those four simple words, once again, say it all: Our Doors Stay Open

My anniversary at Planned Parenthood, combined with the anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, has me thinking a lot about this past year and what may lie ahead in this uncertain future. I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned over the past year and believe they will come in handy as we prepare for the volatile national political climate.  In fact, I have plenty to be thankful for and here are some of those reasons:  

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5 Ways to Get Involved with Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts

 

By Paul Gels, Communications Manager at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

November 15, 2016

 

“How I can help?”

That was the question in all of the texts I awoke to on the morning after Election Day. And it didn’t stop there. The inquiries kept coming in – to me and to a lot of my colleagues. Since Tuesday’s results were relayed, we’ve collectively received an outpour of phone calls, emails, and messages on social media all asking that one question.

It wasn't easy coming into work that Wednesday morning – in fact, a part of me felt ready to go back to bed and hide underneath my sheets for a good week or two. But the reality is we need to show up now  and in the future  to shut down any attempts to restrict access to care and undermine our rights.

There is uncertainty ahead – but two things remain certain – we will never back down, and we know you, our supporters, won’t either. I know that my own resolve to keep fighting is stronger than ever.  

Together, we will not be silenced. We cannot allow the acceptance of institutionalized racism, sexism, and discrimination to become our new normal.  We will fight to make sure that people in Massachusetts, and across the country, can access reproductive health care no matter their zip code, income, sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, or country of origin. Together, we will fight to make sure that Planned Parenthood’s doors stay open, no matter what.

Here are a few things you can do to join the fight and get involved locally right here in Massachusetts. 

 

1.)  Donate locally to Planned Parenthood

  • Donate to Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) and help ensure PPLM can continue providing high-quality, affordable care to all people across the Commonwealth.
  •  Join the Young Friends of PPLM, a philanthropic group of people ages 21-35 dedicated to ensuring access to quality reproductive health care and sexual education.
  • Donate to the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF), the advocacy and political arm of PPLM, to protect and expand reproductive rights in Massachusetts and help elect local leaders who will champion sexual and reproductive health care.
  • Organize your own fundraising event in support of Planned Parenthood. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

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