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Protect Access to Women’s Health Care!

Women’s health care providers, including Planned Parenthood, are essential to providing critical services to women, such as breast cancer screening, birth control and preventative care. On Thursday, January 5, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the House’s budget legislation will end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides affordable, quality preventive health care and treatment to 2.7 million people across the U.S. Speaker Ryan’s plan threatens the future of women’s health care nationwide.

Urge your Representative to oppose this harmful plan and to support safe, legal and affordable access to women’s health care.

Background: Protecting Access to Preventive Health Care

Reproductive health centers play an important role in helping women meet their sexual and reproductive health needs. Approximately 62% of all women of reproductive age are currently using a contraceptive method. And, about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during the course of her lifetime. Women rely on reproductive health centers like Planned Parenthood to access contraception and preventative care. By eliminating funding to such centers, millions of Americans would be left without access to affordable, necessary health care.

Jewish Values

The Reform Movement has long believed in a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. All life is sacred in Judaism; our tradition teaches that women must care for their own health and well-being above all else. Furthermore, targeting healthcare providers who uniquely focus on women’s health unjustly puts women’s health and equality at risk. Defunding essential women’s health care providers would create a serious barrier to access for the many Americans who rely on such centers for affordable care.

Take Action

Urge your Representative to oppose defunding Planned Parenthood and to instead protect women’s health. All women deserve access to quality, affordable care.

For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Maya Weinstein at 202-387-2800.