Urgent Message from Planned Parenthood and budget cuts to health care for Illinoisians!

Call your state representative TODAY!

Tell them to STOP THE CUTS to family planning and teen pregnancy prevention!

1-888-616-3322

The Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield this week.  This is your opportunity to tell state leaders that we need to put people over politics.  Tell them cuts in services for Illinois families are unacceptable.

If the current FY 2010 budget goes into effect on July 1, reproductive health care will be cut off for thousands of Illinoisans:

  • State family planning funding will be cut by 75% resulting in over 6,000 women not receiving their annual medical exam, Pap smear or year supply of oral contraceptives.
  • Teen Pregnancy Programs will be cut by 75%.  Thousands of our youth will not get the services they need to prevent unintended pregnancies and stay on track for bright and successful futures.

Planned Parenthood makes referrals to other programs which are also going to be cut.  This will hurt many of our clients:

  • Domestic violence services will be cut by 75% – at the Springfield domestic violence shelter alone the number of available beds for victims will be cut in half!
  • Sexual Assault Service cuts will force certain rape crisis centers to close!
  • 21,500 women will loose screening and treatment through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
  • The Communities of Color Prostate Cancer Initiative will be eliminated.  This means that 75,000 Illinois men will loose outreach, education and screenings.
  • The Communities of Color HIV/AIDS Initiative will be eliminated.  300,000 youth and adults will loose education and HIV testing.

Planned Parenthood is working with many other Human Services providers to stop the cuts.  The Illinois Chapter of AARP has set up a toll-free Illinois State Budget Hotline so that you can call your state representative:

Call 1-888-616-3322

Tell your state representative: “Stop the cuts to family planning and teen pregnancy prevention!  It’s time to find new revenue and fix the budget crisis!”


UPDATE: Emergency Budget Rally Turns Out 5,000 at the Capital.

Yesterday, 5,000 people converged on the Illinois State Capital in Springfield to tell their state legislators to fix the current budget crisis.

Thank you to all of the Springfield area Planned Parenthood supporters who joined us for a very hot day of marching, chanting and cheering.

You can check out media coverage with these links:

5,000 protesters at Capitol call for budget deal http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/1636441,CST-NWS-leg24.article

Lawmakers return to Springfield amid protest, talk of cuts http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-legis-24jun24,0,5513061.story

Thousands pour into capital to rally for tax increase http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_1168.shtml

Lawmakers work on budget, as rallies take place nearby http://www.wandtv.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?vt1=v&clipFormat=flv&clipId1=3894634&at1=News&h1=Lawmakers&rnd=37251371

Hot, loud, demanding: Thousands pack Statehouse to protest cuts http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2009/06/24/news/doc4a4215ce94b4a907238455.txt


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