Planned Parenthood Rally Albany NY
Reporters: Tim Waters
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So unless you live under a rock you know The Republicans are trying to cut funding of Planned Parenthood. Well, this attack is not sitting well with the people in the capital district. Albany is the Capital of N.Y.. It especially is not in favor with the students of the University of Albany. In just one short week this rally was put together.
The Pro choice students and community members joined together to voice their support of Planned Parenthood. By my estimate there was over fifty people there, along with some media. The local Fox affiliate was they with camera in hand.
In talking with the students they expressed that Planned Parenthood is the one place students can go to get free or low cost health care, said Sara Mussachia,Suny Vox President.
University of Albany students, who are part of a Pro-choice group called Vox, reacted strongly to the announcement that congress had threatened to defund Planned Parenthood. Within a week on their Facebook page 100 people pledged to attend the rally.
Representatives from student groups including CATALYST and the young Democrats, community groups including Family Planning Advocates of NYS, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, New York Civil Liberties Union and interfaith Impact spoke at the event.
Representatives from both Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were present and spoke. Local Congressman Paul Tonko was there an address the crowd. The congressman has long been an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood and is Pro Choice.
UHPP President/CEO Patricia McGeown also spoke. In addition to the scheduled speakers, some from the crowd took the stand. They spoke of how Planned Parenthood was vital in their life. One was A high school student, another a college, while at least some were adults that had over the years used the services.
One such lady was my wife. Some 35 years ago it was a screening at Planned Parenthood that saved her life. She had early stages of cancer. They were her counselor, provider and confidant. Less than 3% of Planned Parenthood services have to do with abortions. None of these can take a dime from the Feds. It would against the law to do so. The Hyde Amendment insures this. It been in affect sine 1976. So the proposed cuts if passed would be detrimental to the ones you love. Women in general, who can’t afford to go anywhere else. They are seen to in a professional, confidential manner. It would seem to me, the opponents of Planned Parenthood should learn what they do and who it impacts.