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Latino Daily News

Thursday March 17, 2011

Minority Groups Support Planned Parenthood

In two letters to Congressional leadership sent this week, more than 30 leading medical and public health organizations, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Nurses Association, expressed their support for continued funding of Planned Parenthood and the national family planning program (Title X).

This is in response to the House Republican leadership’s extreme proposals to eliminate Title X and, separately, bar Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds for any purpose, including preventive health care, lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, HIV testing, and testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  Both proposals face significant resistance in the Senate.

A second letter, signed by 18 leading HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations — including HIV Law Project, the National Minority AIDS Council, and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) — highlights the critical roles that Planned Parenthood and Title X play in preventing the spread of HIV.