Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Maloney to Host Local Planned Parenthood Executive at President Trump’s First Address to Joint Session of Congress

Feb 27, 2017
Press Release

Newburgh, NY — Following the implementation of a series of Executive Orders and bills targeting women’s health, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley, will be his guest for President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.

“Ruth-Ellen is joining me to send the message that women’s health is not something this administration can play political games with, and that it affects the lives of thousands of people I represent in the Hudson Valley,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “I will fight tooth and nail to ensure women can get the testing, family planning services, and education they need to stay healthy and make their own choices about their bodies without government interference.”  

"I am deeply honored to be a guest of Congressman Maloney at this historic session with members of Congress who will soon be voting on crucial access to reproductive health care services in our most vulnerable communities,” said Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. “Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley applauds Congressman Maloney's respect to his district constituents and the valiant support he has demonstrated for Planned Parenthood, reproductive health care rights and access in the communities we serve."

Planned Parenthood affiliates provide essential healthcare to over 40,000 Hudson Valley residents annually. Services include screenings for breast and cervical cancer, access to family planning, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and education. Representative Maloney received a 100% rating on Planned Parenthood’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard, and has made access to women’s health and family planning services a cornerstone of his plan to Expand Economic Opportunities for Women.

Rep. Maloney first released his plan to “Expand Economic Opportunities for Women” in 2014, which Politico called “one of the most extensive efforts” to highlight economic challenges facing women.