Women’s Group Delivers Ice Sculpture to Senator Collins’ Portland Office Demanding She Defend ACA, Planned Parenthood
Media Advisory for: Thursday, March 23, 2017
THURSDAY: Women’s Group Delivers Ice Sculpture to Senator Collins’ Portland Office Demanding She Defend ACA, Planned Parenthood
PORTLAND, MAINE — On Thursday, March 23rd, members of UltraViolet, a leading women’s advocacy organization, and concerned Maine residents, will deliver a “SAVE PLANNED PARENTHOOD” ice sculpture to the offices of Senator Susan Collins in Maine with a clear message: Don’t leave Planned Parenthood patients out in the cold.
VIEW A PHOTO OF THE ICE SCULPTURE HERE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/
Senator Collins has gone on-the-record saying that she will not vote for the current House Republican plan, the American Health Care Act. But activists from UltraViolet are demanding that Collins pledge not to support any Affordable Care Act replacement bill that reduces health care coverage, increase costs for patients, cuts Medicaid, or ends affordable access for Planned Parenthood patients.
WHEN: Thursday March 23rd at 11:00am (local time)
WHERE: One Canal Plaza— Portland, ME 04101
UltraViolet argues repealing the Affordable Care Act, and cutting off Medicaid patients from Planned Parenthood, could cost hundreds of thousands of women their lives, by eliminating guaranteed coverage of cervical and breast cancer screening tests, comprehensive maternity care, domestic violence screenings, birth control and emergency contraception for women throughout the United States. Maine has four Planned Parenthood health centers that serve thousands of patients each year. For many low-income women Planned Parenthood is their only option for basic care.
“Senator Collins has said she won’t vote for TrumpCare in its current form, but that’s not enough. She owes it to Maine voters to make it clear that she will also vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act or any GOP plan that would reduce coverage, increase costs for patients, or deny Medicaid patients the ability to use their insurance at Planned Parenthood,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “Thousands of women in Maine depend on Planned Parenthood for basic care. That’s why the ice sculpture is so fitting: If Senator Collins votes to make healthcare less accessible and less affordable, she will be leaving thousands of Planned Parenthood patients out in the cold.”
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