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January: A Month of Action

January 12, 2012

We always kick off the year strong at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.  From our first and biggest lobbying day of the year to the Roe anniversary to reminding everyone about cervical cancer awareness – January is a month of action.

On Monday, we brought 39 dedicated supporters to Albany from our downstate region.  Our passionate supporters were just a few of the nearly 400 people from across the state who gathered in the Capitol for a raucous rally and for meetings with legislators.  We make sure our legislators know how important it is to fully fund family planning care in New York, to pass the Reproductive Health Act in 2012, and to expand access to comprehensive sexuality education.  If you’re interested in coming on lobby trips like this, just sign up to be part of the Planned Parenthood Action Network and we’ll keep you up-to-date.

January 22nd marks the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v Wade decision, in which the U.S Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy in the U.S. constitution protects the right of a woman to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or to have an abortion.  We celebrate the Supreme Court’s recognition of a woman’s right to privacy and to make personal medical decisions without government interference every year.  This year, our events are particularly exciting. 

In Westchester, we are fortunate to have Valerie DeFillipo, President of Americans for UNFPA.  The United Nations Population Fund’s mission is to promote the right of every woman, man, and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.  According to Americans for UNFPA, “UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with respect.”   Join us to hear from Valerie DeFillipo and enjoy a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, January 19, from 6-8pm at the Women’s Club of White Plains – please RSVP here.

In Long Island, the celebration of Roe is traditionally a joint celebration with our sisters at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.  This year, we’re joining forces with our Action Funds to raise critical funds for the 2012 election work ahead of us.  The Action Funds are separate, nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that serve as the political and advocacy arms of our two affiliates.  Join us on Sunday, January 22, at Oheka Castle for brunch from 11:30am-2pm to hear Congressman Steve Israel talk about “Turning the Tide: Why a Pro-Choice Majority Matters.”  Please purchase tickets today.

January marks another important moment as well: National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  The New Year is the perfect time to see if you’re due for a check-up – or if you’ve put off your check-up, to make that important appointment.  Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers: when caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%.  Regular cervical cancer screenings and preventive care such as the HPV vaccine, which we provide, are the keys to combating cervical cancer.  In 2009, Planned Parenthood health centers across the nation provided nearly one million Pap tests and almost 45,000 HPV vaccinations.  If you’ve got questions or need to make an appointment, give us a call or request an appointment online.

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