|Planned Parenthood and NMAC are working together to gather sign-ons for a letter from the HIV community to oppose harmful laws such as H.R. 1628. If passed, these pieces of legislation would not only radically roll back access to quality, affordable health coverage for millions of people but also needlessly bar Medicaid patients across the country from using their coverage to access care from Planned Parenthood health centers. We must not defund Planned Parenthood.
Over the past 30 years we have made amazing gains in the battle against HIV in women and girls as well as other people vulnerable to HIV. Thanks to organizations such as Planned Parenthood which have helped protect and deliver quality, compassionate care to millions of Americans, the number of new HIV diagnoses among women declined by 40% from 2005 – 2014. Despite these gains, there is still significant work to be done for Black Women and Latinas who continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV.
The HIV community knows the powerful impact Planned Parenthood has in serving rural, low-income communities, and communities of color. That’s why NMAC is proud to stand with our partner and ally Planned Parenthood – a key provider of comprehensive health services for women. But in addition to healthcare coverage, Planned Parenthood provides essential HIV/STI education, prevention, testing, and linkages to care. Across the country Planned Parenthood centers have become a source of comprehensive HIV prevention that includes counseling and innovative prevention options like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Together, we are stronger together and we must urge the 115th Congress to support the millions of patients who depend on vital care from Planned Parenthood health centers. Sign on today and tell Congress to continue to fund their important work. Thank you for everything that you do to end the epidemic and standing up for our allies as you know they know they will stand up for us.
Yours in the struggle,