Guest Opinion: Fighting for Health Care for Our Communities

By Alicia Kenaley

Every day for 49 years, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes has opened our doors to care for patients across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. We see more than 10,000 patients every year – no matter their ZIP code, income, race, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity. But if some extreme politicians in Washington and Albany have their way, many of the folks we serve would be cut off from the preventive health services we provide. If these politicians take away access to services like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment, we will face a public health disaster. We are committed to ensuring our communities have access to the reproductive health care they need. No matter what.

Alicia Kenaley

Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes provides affordable birth control and family planning counseling, STI testing and treatment, pap tests and breast exams, preventing disease and providing necessary, unmatched care.
There is no doubt that Planned Parenthood health centers are an integral part of our health care safety net. New Yorkers cannot afford to be put at risk because federal legislators pursue their personal political agendas at the expense of the public health and welfare. That’s why we’ll be in Albany at Family Planning Advocates of New York State’s Day of Action for Reproductive Health on Monday, January 30. I hope you’ll join us as New York stands with Planned Parenthood and stands up for our health care.
New Yorkers need more access to health care, not less. In rural communities like ours that are already underserved, the loss of Planned Parenthood services would leave our neighbors without basic preventive care. We can’t let out of touch politicians in D.C. push irresponsible legislation.
Here at Planned Parenthood, our patients don’t come to us to make a political statement – they come because we provide the compassionate, affordable health care that they need. And we will continue – no matter what.
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Alicia Kenaley is vice president of Development & Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.
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For more than 40 years PPSFL has served as its community’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. They believe that all people deserve information and expert services to make informed, personal decisions that affect their health, their lives, and their futures.
They work to educate families and youth, replacing fear and facts, and misinformation with education. Its programs include a teen pregnancy prevention program, Out for Health, a LGBT Health and Wellness program, and comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault through its Sexual Assault Resource Center. They advocate for policies that improve sexual health.
For more information, visit PPSFL.org.