Public Policy Committee Update - August 2016

Submitted by Jeanie Holt, NHPHA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

The Public Policy Committee will host a discussion of our Sexual and Reproductive Health policy statement on August 26. We have asked Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) to open the discussion with information about current issues and challenges in reproductive health policy. We will discuss what needs to be included in NHPHA’s policy statement and will then ask a couple of people to take on drafting a new statement for the organization. PPNNE submitted the following article as background for our discussion.

Join us on August 26, 9:00-11:30 at NH Hospital Association, 125 Airport Road, Concord.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is the local affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. We conduct our public policy work in conjunction with the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund, the political, advocacy, and organizing arm of the organization.

Our current public policy priorities are centered around three core issues: 

1.  Health Access and Health Equity:  eliminating inequality in access to sexual and reproductive health care
2.  Safe and Legal Abortion:  ensuring affordable access to abortion; getting politicians out of personal, medical decisions
3;  Sex Education:  giving all young people access to quality sex education, inclusive of LGBT individuals and relationships.

A summary of the policy environment and key issues that we have faced in Congress and in New Hampshire in recent years is available here

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