Monday, June 18, 2012

Go mayors, go!

At their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, the U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a resolution in support of funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s access to abortion services and contraception. The nonpartisan organization representing mayors from over 1,300 cities criticized both state governments and Congress for attempting to roll back women’s access to reproductive care.
The resolution specifically mentions the good the Planned Parenthood does for women and communities:
WHEREAS, reproductive-health care and the overwhelming majority of services provided by Planned Parenthood health centers is basic health care for women, including cancer screenings and breast exams, and;

WHEREAS, for many women with limited incomes, Planned Parenthood clinics are their point of entry into the health care system and their ongoing source of primary care services....
Page 18 of the Adopted Resolutions of the 80th Annual Conference of Mayors

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It's not surprising that the mayors don't see PP as some sort of catch-all boogeyman-- they're on the ground, they see the good that Planned Parenthood does. If people trust their mayors (I know that I trust mine), maybe maybe this could help turn the tides in the debate over family planning.

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