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Planned Parenthood Summer Soiree with Speaker Pelosi
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July 15, 2010 Washington DC - More than 300 Planned Parenthood activists from across the country are canvassing Capitol Hill to discuss with members of Congress the importance of implementing the Women’s Health Amendment to ensure coverage of family planning, including women’s annual visits and FDA-approved prescription birth control. Among the 300 plus activists making Hill visits will be Planned Parenthood affiliate CEOs, board members, staffers, supporters and Planned Parenthood teen peer educators and young adult volunteers. “The average woman spends about 30 years of her life trying to avoid unintended pregnancies,” said PPFA president Cecile Richards. “Making prescription birth control easily accessible and affordable reduces the number of unintended pregnancies and, therefore, reduces the need for abortion.” Beyond pregnancy prevention, many women rely on prescription birth control to protect against endometrial and ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, bone loss, PMS and other menstrual problems, and anemia. “As part of this effort, we’re talking to our leaders on Capitol Hill about how allowing access to birth control will improve health outcomes for women,” said Richards.