We cannot catch a break with Jan Brewer! Her hits just keep coming! Earlier this month we shared The 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Jan Brewer. Well, the list continues to grow. Last week we found out that her AHCCCS funding cuts are having far-reaching negative consequences beyond denying transplant patients lifesaving care; the cuts also eliminate well-woman care, including the vital cancer prevention care and birth control access provided to women through an annual gynecological exam.
Planned Parenthood and all medical providers who accept AHCCCS are wondering how we will serve our patients so we can help women stay healthy and assist in early detection of cancers like cervical cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. This decision will also cost Arizona an additional $15 million of federal Medicaid funding as a direct result of the elimination of these vital services.
Thanks to Jan Brewer and a majority of state legislators, low income women in Arizona can no longer receive these services! Women make up 70 percent of adults on the Medicaid program – that is more than 900,000 Arizona women who can longer access this care. Essentially, Jan Brewer and many in the legislature have cut out prevention care for low-income women. Check out what Planned Parenthood Arizona CEO Bryan Howard told the Public Service News about the funding cuts:
Howard says a typical well-woman exam costs around $120, making it unaffordable for most AHCCCS recipients, who live on less than $1,000 a month.
Without the annual exams, Howard predicts that the eventual cost to taxpayers will be much higher, whether it’s for prenatal care and delivery of a baby a woman would have preferred to postpone, or dealing with a life-threatening disease.
“Treatment of cervical cancer, treatment of a breast mass, or breast cancer. Treatment is invariably much more expensive than the prevention.”
Make sure you cast your ballot for candidates who will protect women’s health care access. Visit www.advocatesaz.org and view our endorsed candidates and see our 2010 Voter Guide. All of our endorsed candidates have made a commitment to protect women’s health care access in Arizona!
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona opposes Propositions 106, 107, and 302, and here’s why:
Proposition 106, the misnamed Arizona Health Insurance Reform Amendment
Prop. 106 would amend the Arizona Constitution to limit Arizonans’ choices to plans offered by private insurers, and it would block Arizona’s participation in the federal health care reform plan. There are now more than one million Arizonans without health insurance—one-fifth of our state’s population – and if this initiative were to pass, Arizonans would be barred from ever participating in a government-backed health care plan that would ensure every Arizonan was covered, regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay.
Prop 106 does nothing to increase health care choices for our citizens; it does not expand access to care for those without coverage or who do not have the ability to pay for needed care. Regardless of your views on the federal health care reform plan now, this proposition would make it difficult for the state to participate in the future, limiting the state’s options for its citizens.
Proposition 107, The Anti-Equal Opportunity Initiative
This proposed constitutional amendment will ban equal opportunity requirements and programs in employment, public education and public contracting. It will dismantle Arizona’s successful equal opportunities programs and endanger our state’s ability to educate the diverse workforce needed to attract new businesses and improve our state’s economy.
Prop 107 will change Arizona’s Constitution to prohibit the state (as well as local governments, schools and universities) from offering any type of equal opportunity programs to women and people of color in Arizona. Prop 107 is not about protecting civil rights or ending discrimination as some claim, but will end all programs intended to achieve equal opportunity for women and minorities. Continue reading
Planned Parenthood Advocates for Arizona has endorsed Penny Kotterman for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Kotterman began her career as a high school teacher in Illinois, before moving to Arizona to teach Special Education. She has also taught journalism and English, and taught students at all grade levels. She was president of the Arizona Education Association for six years, during which time she worked with governors Janet Napolitano and Jane Hull. She has long been a supporter of teacher accountability, and has helped shape policies that require teacher compensation to reflect performance. Kotterman was a member of the National Education Association’s Professional Standards and Practices committee, which develops NEA teacher performance policies, for six years.
Kotterman does not believe in what she calls “quick fixes” to education issues. Because of her close involvement with all levels of education, both as a leader and a teacher, Kotterman knows Arizona’s system from every angle. She has been involved in education for over twenty years, and knows how to use that experience to Arizona’s benefit. She plans to focus on improving teacher quality, student standardized test scores, and graduation rates. She believes music and art programs are extremely important in public schools, and opposes state budget cuts to education.
At a time when Arizona’s teen pregnancy rate is higher than ever, and politicians continue to oppose comprehensive sexual education, it is very important to elect a pro-choice superintendant to office. Arizona does not legally require sexuality education in public schools. If a district does decide to teach it, they must fulfill certain state requirements. Abstinence must be pushed as the socially acceptable form of behavior. Educators are not allowed to inform students of safe sex practices for gay and lesbian couples. Continue reading
Early voter ballots arrived in the mail last week, and election day is right around the corner. Have you checked out the PPAA 2010 Voter Guide to help you fill out your ballot?
This year’s voter guide is super snazzy, and fabulously pink! Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has the scoop on who the pro-choice candidates are, and how the different ballot propositions will affect access to reproductive health care in the state of Arizona.
The 2010 election is one of the most important elections in Arizona’s history. For the past two legislative sessions, Jan Brewer and anti-choice legislators have launched an all-out assault on women’s health and Arizona families, by passing anti-choice laws that restrict access to reproductive health care and education. Given our experience during the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions, we expect dangerous legislation to once again have strong support in the legislature if voters allow our state representatives to be overwhelmingly anti-choice.
You can help turn the tide! Make a commitment to vote pro-choice this year, and support the PPAA-endorsed candidates in all of the races. We have the power to put a pro-choice governor back in office, as well as the other state-wide offices, such as Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Check out the voter guide, fill out your ballot, and help us get pro-choice voters to the polls. To volunteer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planed Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed David Schapira for State Senate in Legislative District 17. District 17, which covers a large portion of Tempe and a portion of South Scottsdale, is being labeled a “swing district” and thus, voter turn-out and support for David Schapira is critical.
A native Arizonan and state legislator since 2006, David Schapira is a former high school teacher and current member of the Political Science faculty at ASU. Along with his wife, Rosemary, he serves as the owner of DevilDash.com, a care package delivery service that caters to area college students.
A student of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, Schapira received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2001. He previously served as an aide to Senator Tom Daschle and campaign manager for Terry Goddard’s 2002 run for Arizona Attorney General. Continue reading
Monday we told you about Women for Goddard, the group of community activists who are mobilizing women to vote for Terry Goddard. We told you that Terry Goddard is the candidate for women in Arizona. Here is more information that women should know about Jan Brewer.
1. Jan Brewer opposes responsible sex education, and continues to put students at risk by applying for federal funding to promote ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage in Arizona schools. Arizona has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, which makes it very clear that abstinence-only isn’t working.
2. Throughout her career, Jan Brewer has built a strong reputation and a consistent track record of opposing abortion.
3. As a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Jan Brewer prevented medical students from accessing abortion training at the county hospital.
4. Arizona’s Omnibus Abortion Bill, passed and signed into law by Jan Brewer last year put into place multiple restrictions on a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. Jan Brewer said, “In one swift signature it was all delivered, we protected women.”
5. This year, Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1309 into law, which requires written parental consent before a minor can receive any classroom instruction that may mention sexuality in any way, including biology. Continue reading
The University of Arizona mall was packed with students yesterday. Terry Goddard was the keynote speaker at a rally organized by several student organizations, included VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood. Other Democratic candidates for office, such as Rodney Glassman, Chris Deschene, and Penny Kotterman, also spoke to the enthusiastic crowd. And as usual, Planned Parenthood volunteers showed up in droves at the event to show their support for the PPAA-endorsed candidates.
Terry Goddard emphasized that if he is elected governor, his top priority will be education, because education is the key to Arizona’s economic recovery and its ability to compete in a world market. He closed his remarks by urging people to get involved by committing to tell ten people about what the election means to them. Continue reading