Maloney Condemns Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood, Highlights Consequences for Hudson Valley
Washington, DC — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and representatives from Planned Parenthood Hudson-Peconic, condemned recent partisan efforts to shut down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood and detailed the disastrous consequences such efforts would have for Hudson Valley women and families. Currently, 2.7 million Americans rely on Planned Parenthood centers for preventive health services each year, and nearly 80 percent of recipients have incomes at or below 150 percent of the poverty line.
“Nearly shutting down the government because of an obsession with taking away life-saving services like cancer screenings and family planning counseling is more than just playing politics – it’s reprehensible,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Defunding Planned Parenthood would be disastrous for women and families across the Hudson Valley and the entire country, so I will continue the fight to keep Planned Parenthood funded and oppose anything that would jeopardize the services that my friends and neighbors rely on.”
Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, said, “If Planned Parenthood is loses its federal funding, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic stands to lose up to $12 million annually in combined state and federal funding, which includes Medicaid and Title X funding. This funding is reimbursement for medical services provided including pregnancy testing, contraception, testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and breast and cervical cancer screenings.”
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading organizations working to ensure that Medicaid enrollees have access to quality, affordable contraceptive services. Overall, Planned Parenthood provides family planning counseling and contraceptives to roughly 2.1 million patients each year.
According to a poll conducted by Suffolk University, 65 percent of Americans opposed cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Permanently defunding Planned Parenthood would end up increasing government spending by $130 million over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Below you will find statistics from Planned Parenthood on services provided in the past year in the Hudson Valley, New York, and across the country:
- Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) Stats
- Last year alone, PPHP had over 39,000 patient visits in the Lower Hudson Valley.
- Of those, over 32,000 were family planning visits, which include a variety of services including pap tests, contraception visits and STI testing.
- Over 2,500 of those were pre-natal visits.
- Across the entire affiliate, including Suffolk County, PPHP did nearly 6,000 breast exams.
- If Planned Parenthood were to lose federal funding, PPHP stands to lose up to $12M in combined state and federal funding, which includes Title X and Medicaid reimbursements
- New York State Stats for 2014
- 59 Planned Parenthood centers
- 179,026 total patients treated in 2014
- 140,774 patients who receive contraception
- 36,935 patients who receive pap tests
- 49,099 total breast exams
- Nationwide Stats for 2014
- 669 Planned Parenthood Centers
- 2,653,041 total patients treated
- 2,065,801 patients who receive contraception
- 371,116 patients who receive pap tests
- 451,585 total breast exams