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Letter: Get politics out of women’s health care

I want to thank the Times Union Editorial Board for its editorial “A threat to women’s rights,” June 10. It encapsulated the situation facing New Yorkers as the federal administration’s health care attacks continue and our state Senate’s GOP members refuse to safeguard our access to essential reproductive health care including safe, legal abortion.

For far too long we’ve been asked why we fight for reproductive health care legislation every year only to see it stalled in the Senate. The answer is: We have no other choice. Now it’s finally apparent that there are no safe spaces for women’s health care, not even in New York with our long history of progressive action for women.

The Trump-Pence administration’s latest onslaught on Title X would drastically change our nation’s oldest family planning program, which has helped low-income New Yorkers access family planning information, care and counseling for 40 years. Trump’s proposed gag rule would make it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, community health centers and any other provider in the Title X program to tell patients how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would also introduce new rules designed to make it impossible for millions of patients to access birth control at Planned Parenthood health centers. Here in New York, Planned Parenthood provides care to 52 percent of Title X patients.

Politics has no place in the exam room and never should be used as a yardstick to determine what health care a woman can receive. The one remedy that we have to curb such overreach is the power to vote. Now is the time to consider what kind of future we are voting for.

Robin Chappelle Golston

President CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts

Albany

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