Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:

For nearly 80 years, Planned Parenthood has been a high-quality health care provider for Texas women, men, and teens. This includes birth control, lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and other health care services. As we have said time and time again, Planned Parenthood follows all laws and has very high medical standards which are informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“Planned Parenthood works every day to ensure that Texans have access to high-quality, compassionate health care. We are the nation’s leading provider of high-quality reproductive health care and sex education. Millions of people walk through our doors every day, all across this country, and trust us to give them the health care and information they need. This may be a game for politicians, but for the women and men in Texas, it’s an attack on their access to health care.

“This thoroughly discredited smear campaign stems from totally false claims made by anti-abortion extremists who are pursuing a political agenda that is far outside the mainstream. Governor Abbott and the politicians behind these baseless attacks have allied themselves with extremists who are willing to lie, harass women and doctors, and reportedly break the law. It is clear that the public does not want elected officials spending time and money looking into patently false claims and working overtime to make it even harder for Texas women to access health care. Already, more than half of women in Texas report barriers to accessing reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood will continue doing everything in our power to fight this dangerous agenda on behalf of the Texans who rely on us.

Anniversary of a fight! (Still fighting!)

Two years ago, you made history.

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Thousands of Texans gathered in the Capitol and raised their voices atmidnight to make sure our lawmakers heard us loudly and heard us clearly.

I don’t think any of us will forget where we were during that incredible moment. But, even more importantly, Texans haven’t forgotten how to fight!

Over the last two years, thousands of supporters like you have made one thing clear: We Will Never Give up!

We are still here. We’re not going anywhere. And we will fight to protect access to quality, affordable, reproductive health care in Texas. No Matter What!

On the anniversary of that historic protest we celebrate you and all Texans who refuse to be defeated. At times it may feel like these fights will never end, but we know that we are on the right side of history. And we know that no matter what politicians throw at us, we will never back down.

Thank you for your strength, and for your vision.

Together we continue to fight, and fight strong!

Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

What We Built

When the Texas Legislature convened 140 days ago two things were certain–some legislators would make it their mission to cut health care for Texans who need it most, and our supporters across the state would take decisive action to fight back.
Now, the legislative session has ended and the outcomes are clear: Vulnerable teens will face additional barriers in order to access their constitutional right to safe, legal abortion and women with the most need will lose access to critical cancer screenings from the provider they trust – Planned Parenthood.

Our strategy this legislative session was not just about defending against the imminent attacks. What we set out to do, and what we did, is work to build the grassroots power we need to create the change we want to see in Texas. And we did that thanks to supporters like you.

Together, we did this:

We recruited 25,862 new supporters from nearly every legislative district in the state who support the critical health care our health centers provide.

We delivered nearly 20,000 petitions to make sure the Legislature knows where Texans stand on women’s health and cancer screenings.

We conducted over 1,000 office visits to all 181 legislators to educate them about the services we provide and the important role our health centers fill in the communities we serve.

Planned Parenthood’s top priority is ensuring women get the health care they need. We can only do that with dedicated supporters like you.

Thank you,
Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

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The Texas Legislature has defunded Planned Parenthood, again!

In Texas, there’s a line we never cross. We don’t play politics with cancer. Period. That is, until now.

Yesterday, Senator Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and her allies succeeded in banning Planned Parenthood from providing lifesaving cancer screenings in the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Services Program, all in the name of politics.txlege_postvote

Tell Jane Nelson To Stop Playing Politics With Cancer!

Texas has one of the highest cervical cancer rates in the nation. Nearly 3,000 women are now left without the care they need from the provider they trust.

Let Sen. Nelson Know Her Political Agenda Is Not Worth Putting Texas Lives At Risk.

Time and again, Senator Nelson and certain members of the Texas legislature have done everything in their power to block access to birth control, cancer screenings, HIV tests and other vital care for women in need. This recent vote follows years of hostile policies that have left tens of thousands of Texas women without access to care..

Women’s Health And Lives Should Not Be Treated Like A Political Game.

The state budget that defunds Planned Parenthood is now headed to Governor Abbott’s desk. As Attorney General, Abbott aggressively defended prior attacks on Planned Parenthood, and bragged about doing so. But this time, he’s cutting access to lifesaving cancer screenings.

Despite the careless and dangerous actions of Sen. Nelson and Gov. Abbott, Planned Parenthood’s top priority remains ensuring women get the health care they need. We will continue fighting on behalf of the nearly 200,000 women in Texas who rely on Planned Parenthood for care. No matter what.

Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

 

Planned Parenthood Patients Banned From Breast and Cervical Cancer Services Program

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Thousands of Texas women are left without access to lifesaving cancer screenings

AUSTIN, TX — Today, Texans witnessed the latest attack on women: the Texas Legislature just released a budget proposal that will cut Planned Parenthood out as a trusted provider for thousands of low income, uninsured women and their access to breast and cervical cancer prevention.

The State House and Senate Budget Conference Committee released its budget compromise today. The document revealed the fate of Planned Parenthood’s participation in the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) program.

The original language in question, which originated in the Senate, included a provision that would have excluded Planned Parenthood and other specialty providers from participating in the program through a tiered funding mechanism. The language released today, though striking prioritized funding, was designed specifically to exclude Planned Parenthood patients and health centers.

The new negotiated budget rider stipulates that BCCS funds can only be awarded to providers participating in the Texas Women’s Health Program, from which, during a similar politically motivated strategy by state legislators in 2011, the Legislature banned  Planned Parenthood. The Texas Women’s Health Program was created by the Legislature after it refused to include Planned Parenthood in the successful Medicaid Women’s Health Program, a federal/state program that expanded eligibility for health services for women and came with a hefty  $9 to $1 federal match and only cost Texas taxpayers $3.4M. Following litigation, Texas chose to forgo $30 million in federal matching funds, and now operates a 100% state-funded program that serves 30,000 fewer women and costs Texas taxpayers $36 million annually.

“Senator Jane Nelson and certain members of the Budget Conference Committee have made clear that they prioritize politics over protecting access to lifesaving cancer screenings for Texas women.

“Through our Save our Screenings campaign, more than fifteen thousand Texans have petitioned the Texas Legislature, asking that they not exclude Planned Parenthood from the program. Once again, Texas legislators have ignored their constituents and jeopardized the lives of Texas women.

“Women in Texas have trusted and relied upon Planned Parenthood for health care for 80 years. We will fight this shameful attack  and we will never back down from our mission to provide Texans the quality, affordable care they need.” – Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

For more than 20 years Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas have partnered with BCCS, serving an estimated 45,000 Texas women through this essential program.

“Planned Parenthood helped me when I could not get in anywhere else for breast cancer treatment – no one else would help me. I’m now cancer free and am anticipating going back to work part-time. I don’t know where I would be without Planned Parenthood.” – Diane Dunn, a Planned Parenthood BCCS patient from Waco

Video highlighting the lifesaving role Planned Parenthood has played for BCCS cancer survivors can be viewed here:

 

 

Act Now: Fight For Texas Women!

We’ve got a fight on our hands to protect vulnerable Texas teenagers and we need you to take action right now.

Sign Our Petition to the Lawmakers Targeting these Women!

This week the Texas Senate is debating a bill that would harm abandoned or abused teens who are seeking legal protection in order to access safe, legal abortion. HB 3994 is so extreme that even rape and incest survivors will be forced through additional legal hurdles after already suffering trauma.

We Can’t Let This Happen Silently. Send Lawmakers A Messages Now.

As lawmakers show how low they are willing to go, they hope Texans like you won’t be paying attention. But they’re wrong. We’re watching. And we’re going to call out their shameful actions.

Click Here To Tell Key Lawmakers That You Are Watching.

We have a long week ahead of us. But we’re ready for the fight. And we’re grateful to have you right there with us.

Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

Legislative Alert: Callous Anti-women’s health bills moving fast!

It’s the final few weeks of the Texas legislative session, and a number of politicians are racing to push through bills that restrict access to health care and shame women.

We need you to take action right now to oppose these measures! 

morrison_laubenberg_farney_thumbnail Today the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill by Rep. Marsha Farney (R-Georgetown) that would restrict health insurance plans from covering abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, and fetal abnormalities. To add to the callousness, Farney specifically targets the health plans of Texas school districts, as if teachers cannot be trusted to make their own health care decisions!
On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to vote on a bill by Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) that targets teenagers who are afraid for their safety and seeking legal protection and access to safe and legal abortion. Also on Wednesday, the House is scheduled to vote on Rep. Jodie Laubenberg’s (R-Parker) bill that would further regulate health centers in forcing additional language that shames and humiliates women seeking access to abortion.

CLICK HERE:  Email these three representatives right now and tell them to trust Texas women!

Whether it is in our exam room or our insurance plans, it is far past time for lawmakers to stop pretending they’re doctors and get out of medical care.

Thank you for always being with us in this fight.

Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

 

Take Action. Tell the House and Senate Conference Committee to Save Our Screenings

Moments ago the House and Senate Conference Committee on the state budget was appointed: Now we know the final 10 legislators that have the power to save cancer screenings for low income Texas women.

We need to make sure that these committee members know that cancer screenings are about lifesaving care, not politics.

If you are on Twitter, click on each of the Conference Committee members to send them a message to Save Our Screenings.

If you are on Facebook, share the graphic below to encourage your friends and family to sign the petition to Save Our Screenings. Petitions will be delivered to the committee soon and we need as much support as we can get.

Thank you for taking action today to protect access to cancer screenings for low income Texas women.

We’ll be back in touch soon with more ways you can help.

Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

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For more information, visit SaveOurScreenings.org

 

PPTV is hiring a Development Assistant

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
Development Assistant

Position: Full-time, permanent
Location: Austin

General Description

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is a statewide advocacy organization that engages supporters of women’s health to protect and expand access to preventative and reproductive care, including abortion.

The Development Assistant will provide significant support to the Executive Director and Fundraising Consultant to aid in the execution of the annual fundraising plan including assisting with donor communications, database management, donation processing, special events, grants research, and general administration.

Key Responsibilities

DONOR COMMUNICATIONS

  • Assist with donor correspondence and fundraising mail pieces, including direct solicitations and acknowledgement letters under the direction of the Development Team leadership
  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of mailings for the development department, including event invitations, donor newsletters, fundraising appeals, and acknowledgement letters
  • Work closely with the Communications & Digital Assistant on print materials and the distribution of  digital materials and communications via e-mail marketing tools

DATABASE MANAGEMENT

  • Enter, import, sort and clean donor data; ensure accurate mailing lists and records
  • Create mailing and prospect lists, and generate the necessary data exports
  • Generate queries and reports and provide statistics relevant to development goals
  • Process and acknowledge donations, including online and offline transactions
  • Ensure all donor acknowledgements, reports, updates, and other requirements are fulfilled in a high-quality, timely manner
  • Maintain accurate transaction information for accounting purposes

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of special events including private receptions and briefings
  • Prepare invitation lists and distribute invitations
  • Track RSVPs and attendance; prepare and collect registration materials
  • Act as a liaison with affiliates and vendors to execute high quality events

GRANT RESEARCH & REPORTING

  • Research proposal requirements and submission deadlines for related private grant funding opportunities
  • Maintain a calendar of and track pertinent deadlines for grant proposals and reports
  • Coordinate and assemble grant proposals, applications and renewals for submission.
  • Compile grant reporting information as required by funding sources including researching background and statistical information

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

  • Process daily deposits
  • Participate in development staff meetings
  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of development meetings and board meetings
  • Respond to inquiries from event registrants, donors and affiliated organizations.
  • May represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and fundraising events
  • Ensure supplies needs for development activities and events are met
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Maintain knowledge of existing and proposed reproductive health and family planning regulations

Qualifications:

  • Strong support for the mission and goals of Planned Parenthood
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of previous fundraising experience in nonprofit or political setting
  • Experience in donor and constituent management databases
  • Familiarity with fundraising practices and principles
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to compose correspondence in a professional manner; ability to proofread documents for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Ability to establish workflows, support  multiple projects, meet necessary deadlines and contribute in a positive and effective manner in a team setting or independently in stressful situations and at times with limited resources
  • Be self-motivated, reliable, positive, willing to learn, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to use diplomacy and appropriate judgment, and maintain confidentiality
  • Have reliable transportation and be able to attend special events with minimal notice
  • Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is a fast-paced, needs-responsive environment.  While office hours may be flexible, full-time employees are expected to work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and three references to contactus@pptexasvotes.org.

 

SAVE OUR SCREENINGS!

The Woman of Texas need us to stand up and fight for their access to lifesaving cancer screenings.

Texas lawmakers have proposed a budget that would reduce access to life saving breast and cervical cancer screenings for low income women. The only reason they are doing this is to stop Planned Parenthood from providing cancer screenings. The fact is that if this proposal becomes law, thousands of Texas women will be left without access to cancer screenings. Early detection of cancer saves lives. This proposal puts the lives of Texas women at risk.

We cannot let the legislature play politics with women’s lives yet again.

Today we launch our Save Our Screenings campaign. We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to stop this dangerous proposal. Over the next several weeks we will be active on the ground in communities throughout the state, we will be making calls, we will be collecting petition signatures, we’ll host our messages on billboards and any and everywhere we can reach Texas lawmakers.

Texas women are counting on us to fight for them. We’re going to need you to step up and take action in your community and online.

We must raise our collective voices and be sure each and every lawmaker hears us as we shout: Save Our Screenings!

Join us.

http://saveourscreenings.org/