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Women's Health Weekend in PA - Advocates Hitting the Pavement

October 17, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - Planned Parenthood supporters are hitting the pavement this weekend to talk to Pennsylvania women about what's at stake for them on Election Day. They'll canvass in Lansdale and hold events around the state on Saturday, speaking to voters about what their decisions at the polls could mean for women's health issues.

Melissa Smicker, with Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia, says the repercussions are far-reaching.

"At issue are things such as providing comprehensive sex education and whether prescription birth control is to be covered under health insurance plans - things that really matter to women and are part of basic health care."

When some people hear "Planned Parenthood," Smicker notes, they think only of abortion. However, she says, women's issues are actually much broader. Many don't realize that 97 percent of the organization's health services are preventive.

"The bottom line is it's all about women's health care. Things like providing low-income women with the family services that they need, which are key to preventing the need for abortion."

Tomorrow's effort is part of a national campaign, called "One Million Strong," meant to educate people and bring out at least a million voters to the polls who are concerned about women's health-related issues.

Eric Mack/Elizabeth Grattan, Public News Service - PA