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May, 15 2014

In Vermont, we are going to stand up for all of our citizens, particularly women, and ensure that they can continue to make their healthcare decisions with their providers.”

– Governor Peter Shumlin at the bill signing for S. 317, an act relating to repealing the unconstitutional Vermont statutes related to abortion providers.

May 15, 2014 Many thanks to all of the legislators, activists, volunteers and community champions for their help and support during the 2013-2014 Legislative Biennium. Working with a diverse coalition of organizations both inside and outside the legislature, we successfully passed legislation protecting access to reproductive health and promoting sound public health policy.

Nationally, the last few years have seen an unprecedented amount of attacks on women’s health with legislators in 38 states introducing over 303 provisions seeking to limit women’s access to health care. In Vermont, we demonstrated that legislation can be passed protecting rather than restricting access to essential health care. This couldn’t have been accomplished without strong champions in the legislature, and supporters from across the state actively mobilizing to make it clear that we will not turn back the clock on access and public health policy.

In 2013, the first year of the biennium, we expanded the practice of expedited partner therapy so more people can be treated for harmful STIs. We made progress on reaching rural Vermonters and making health care more available by directing resources in the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant towards telemedicine outside of a health care facility. Also, in 2013, working with the Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Vermont, we helped pass critical legislation banning the use of chlorinated tris, a toxic and ineffective flame retardant, from consumer products.

In 2014, we hit the ground running:

Key highlights include:

S. 317 – an act relating to repealing the unconstitutional Vermont statutes related to the performance of abortions. PASSED –  Joined by Planned Parenthood staff and supporters, Speaker Shap Smith, Attorney General Bill Sorrell, and key legislators, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law  S. 317, a bill repealing unconstitutional abortion statutes. The bill passed the Vermont House and Senate unanimously. Special thanks to Senator Tim Ashe of Chittenden County for his leadership on this effort.  Read more here –

Medicaid Reimbursement Increase-  PASSED. Provides important funding for Vermont’s Medicaid providers. In 2013, PPNNE had over 4,000 Vermont Medicaid patients. Governor Peter Shumlin had a proposed 3% Medicaid reimbursement increase in his budget and the final result of Senate-House Budget Conference Committee was 1.6%.  This is necessary funding for ensuring that safety-net providers like PPNNE and health centers across the state have the resources they need to provide care to all Vermonters.

S. 239 – an act relating to the regulation of toxic substances – PASSED  This is a landmark effort to ensure all Vermonters are protecting from harmful chemicals present in consumer products. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine have recently issued a joint statement urging health care professionals to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents. As a trusted health care provider to thousands of Vermonters, we strongly support this legislation as it is sound public health policy.

Level Funding of the Access Plan ProgramPASSED Access Plan is free family planning services for uninsured and under-insured Vermonters. Set to be level-funded in state budget. Over 10,000 patients have enrolled in Access Plan and the program serves as a vital entry point to health care coverage.

H. 208 – Paid Time Off – Pushed to next biennium.

Our legislative priorities are driven by our mission is to provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make voluntary choices about their reproductive and sexual health. 

PPNNE supports legislation that expands and protects access to reproductive health care services and increases all Vermonters ability to receive high quality health care.


May 15, 2013

PPNNE 2013 Legislative Recap

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s 2013 legislative priorities included promoting access to quality and affordable health care for all Vermonters, protection for Vermont’s working families,  equality in the workplace,  a clean & healthy environment and insurance policies that cover essential health care. Tough social and fiscal issues were faced in the state and the governor and legislature had some very hard decisions to make

Thank you for all of your help in passing the following:

Level Funding of the Access Plan Program. The Access Plan is free family planning services for uninsured and under-insured Vermonters. Set to be level-funded in state budget.

3% Medicaid Reimbursement. Provides important funding for Vermont’s medicaid providers. Set to begin November 2013.

H. 208 – Paid Sick Days. Likely vote 2014.

S. 88 – Expanding  Telemedicine Outside of a Health Center pilot program. PASSED. Will allow for more patients to access essential health care.

S.81 – Ban on Chlorinated Tris from Consumer Products. PASSED, http://vtdigger.org/2013/05/10/law-banning-fire-retardant-chemical-in-childrens-products-passes-easily/

H. 508 – Codifying Roe v. Wade. Please thank Representative Mike Mrowicki of Putney for introducing H. 508 which strikes down outdated statute that prohibits abortions in Vermont – mmrowicki@leg.state.vt.us.

S. 108 – Ending Insurance Discrimination for Transgender Vermonters. PASSED.

H. 099/S. 57 An act relating to equal pay. PASSED,

S.77 An Act related to death with dignity. PASSED, http://vtdigger.org/2013/05/20/death-with-dignity-signed-into-law-in-vermont/

February 5, 2013

Vermont’s own Senator Patrick Leahy Moves The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

The US Senate voted 85 to 8 on Monday evening to take up a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, an important piece of legislation to protect all women from domestic abuse.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a momentous piece of bipartisan legislation, originally drafted by the office of then Senator and current VP, Joe Biden, and passed in 1994 under President Clinton. It quickly became the groundwork for the Federal Government’s response to domestic violence in the United States. The Office on Violence Against Women was established within the Department of Defense and 1.6 billion dollars was put towards investigation, prosecution, restitution, and civil redress on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence. It has saved many lives through funding and assisting state and local law enforcement and victim service programs and initiatives that provide help and support to those victims.

In 2011, Senator Leahy (D-VT) pushed for a reauthorization of the act which would strengthen and improve the services and programs available and introduce an uniform non-discrimination law that protect victims from discrimination based on gender identification, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability. These new provisions, that would include the LGBT, Native American, and immigrant communities, caused a stir with Republicans that lead to a stall on the bill in the House.

But Senator Leahy is hopeful that it will pass, provisions and all, in 2013. In January, he issued a letter to his fellow senators on both sides of the aisle, reminding them of the crucial role this bill has played in ensuring that women are protected and supported in the face of terrible violence, domestic and sexual. He reiterates that its effectiveness cannot be denied nor can the fact that violence against women is still a critical problem in this country, especially among the minority groups who would be included with the new provisions.Senate Republicans, like Susan Collins of Maine, have also offered their support. “This is not and never should be a partisan political issue,” Collins said on the Senate floor. “This is an equal-opportunity crime that harms people regardless of their political affiliation, their profession or their status in life. It’s an issue that deserves bipartisan support.”

Senator Leahy’s passionate and tireless efforts to represent and protect the women of this nation are greatly appreciated. He is a man cognizant of the times and a wonderful advocate of women’s rights. On behalf


February 27, 2013

Thanks for being there! –
Over 50 activists and legislators convened at the State House for important Speak-Out in support of Roe v. Wade!

Tuesday, January 22nd, marked the 40 anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortions nationwide. The decision challenged a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion, unless a woman’s life was in danger. The Supreme Court’s ruling recognized for the first time that the constitutional right to privacy “is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decisions whether or not to terminate her pregnancy (Roe v. Wade, 1973).”

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the White House issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by their guiding principle: “that government should not intrude on our most private family matter, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their healthcare.”  In his second inaugural address, President Obama made headlines by addressing human rights issues such as gay marriage, yet a women’s right to choose still remains a highly contested issue in this country.

The Pew Research Center found that 63 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade, opposed to the 29 percent who believe it should be over turned. According to Pew, these opinions have changed little from surveys taken in 2003 and 1992. Despite majority support for Roe v. Wade and the pro-choice movement, the pro-life movement remains as active as ever. Just this past year alone, we have seen some of the most vicious attacks on women’s health and rights. From over 1,000 restrictive reproductive health bills being introduced in legislatures nationwide, to discussion surrounding “legitimate” rape, reproductive health issues continue to be a hard-fought political battle. With the state of Vermont currently undergoing serious health care reform, supporters of Roe vs. Wade should continue their fight to ensure reproductive health and freedom for all Americans.

In Vermont, over 50 supporters of access to reproductive healthcare and legislators came to the State House in solidarity with women’s health advocates from the past, present and future to gather at the Vermont State House in Montpelier to show their support for choice and access to reproductive health care. With the state underoing major health care reform, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that acess to reproductive health care is a top priority for legislators.

January 5, 2013
Tuesday, January, 22nd marks the 40thanniversary of Roe v Wade the landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled that the right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution protects the women’s ability to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is honored to invite you to a special day of advocacy and remembrance in honor of this important date in the fight for equality and human rights.

Please sign-up now for the Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Legislative Day

What: Legislative Day
Tuesday, January 22nd, 10:30 a.m. 1-p.m. & 5 – 6:30 p.m. Where: State House in Montpelier, Room 10
Who: Supporters of access to reproductive health care, legislators and Come in solidarity with women’s health advocates from the past, present and future and show your support for choice and access to reproductive health care.Just this past year, we have seen some the most aggressive attacks on women’s health and rights. Over 1,000 restrictive reproductive health bills were introduced in legislatures across the country.Though it’s been many years since that ruling, reproductive health issues continue to be hard-fought political battles as demonstrated by the 2012 election. With the state currently undergoing serious health care reform, supports for choice are needed more than ever.

Don’t let Vermont move backward.Please sign-up today for this important day of action
November 6, 2012
Election 2012: Vermont supports pro-choice candidates!
This election year, PPNNE Action Fund VT PAC volunteers got on the phones, knocked on doors, rallied in the cold and made their voices heard! We elected strong champions for choice down the ballot and look forward to working with  Governor Peter Shumlin and a House & Senate that hold reproductive health issues as a top priority!
PPNNE Action Fund VT PAC endorsed statewide candidate wins include:Governor: Peter Shumlin, Wins at 56.49%
Auditor: Doug Hoffer, Wins at 49.84%
State Treasurer: Beth Pearce, Wins at 51.82% (big win as conservative super pac Vermonters First spent considerable money on her opponent)Attorney General: Bill Sorrell, Wins at 57.19.

Strong number of House victories for endorsed candidates including key races in Rutland (Rutland -Windsor 2 -Anne Gallivan; Rutland 5-3-  Herb Russell)  Franklin (Franklin 3-1 – Kathleen Keenan and Mike McCarthy. Caledonia (Caledonia 3- Michelle Fay) and Chittenden Counties (Shelburne – Joan Lenes, Burlington 6-3 Jill Krowinski).Senate
Our endorsed candidates for Chittenden county senate won in a very contested race, we defended a seat in Caledonia county and DOn Collins picked up a key seat in Franklin County.  The Senate will continue to have a pro-choice majority and we look forward to working with Senate leadership.

With the state of Vermont undergoing massive health care reform, this upcoming legislative session will be particularly important for securing access to reproductive health care in our state’s health care future. The 2013 Legislative session is right around the corner and we will once again me mobilizing supporters for important on-the-ground action. To find out how you can get involved, get in touch at: Grassrootsvt@ppnne.org

Thank you for all of your support and we’re proud to be working with you to ensure access to essential health care for all!

September 25, 2012

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PPNNE Action Fund VT PAC announces 2012 canddiate endorsements
Burlington (VT) – September 25, 2012
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Action Fund VT  PAC is proud to announce our 2012 candidate endorsements for Governor Peter Shumlin, Cassandra Gekas for Lt. Governor and a full list of the endorsements can be found here. This election cycle, our Vermont PAC endorsed 119 pro-choice candidates who will stand up for reproductive health and rights.

Planned Parenthood big hit at the DNC!
September 9th, 2012
This past week, we all gathered around our television sets and computers to watch the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only did we watch President Obama  accept his nomin   tion, but we saw other powerful keynotes such as Michelle Obama and Former President Clinton talk about hot button issues and stress the importance of this year’s election for protecting access to reproductive health care.  Women’s health and the right for all American’s to make thier own decision about their health care was a constant theme as was strong  support for Planned Parenthood.

Following in her mother and former Texas Governor Anne Richards footsteps, Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, spoke at the DNC last Wednesday. She emphasized for everyone, especially women that the election of President Obama would keep us moving forward for the health and wellbeing of women everywhere. “As women, we’ve come too far to turn back.”

We are so pleased at PPNNE that there was such an outpouring of support at the Democratic National Convention for women’s health issues. Eva Longoria puts it so well. There are so many of us! We are not an interest group, we are a population!

Will you help make  a difference in 2012? We’re gearing up for what will be one of the most challenging and exciting election seasons and we need your help! From door-knocking to letter writing, there’s many ways you can help stand up for choice and ensure  candidates that support access to essential health care win in November!

Interested in volunteering? E-mail grassrootsvt@pppne.org

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August 29, 2012

Sex, Politics and Cocktails – August 2012 was a huge success!

Thanks to all those who joined us in Vermont to help make the Sex, Politics and Cocktails event a success! In addition to your support, the sold out event included Burlington Mayor Weinberger, as well as many elected officials and candidates.

We were proud to honor winner of the 2012 Choice Champion award, Claudine Safar, for her work on the Patient Safety Zone at the downtown Burlington health center. We are very excited about this success, but as we celebrate we remember that there is still a tough road ahead.
We’ll need your help to ensure that access to essential health care remains safe and legal.


Patient Safety Zone Passes BTV Ordinance Committee, Wednesday, 6/27 
Patient Safety Zone Passes Third & Final Vote!
June 28, 2012

This vote makes me glad to be a part of the Burlington Community.
– City Council President Joan Shannon

After three long meetings, the Burlington City Council voted overwhelmingly in support for the final vote on the Patient Safety Zone ordinance!

This important ordinance takes a proactive step to ensure adequate access to reproductive health care without compromising free speech. Councilor Paul Decelles, Ward 7, casted the lone “no” vote and he needs to hear your disappointment.
With the exception of Councilor Decelles, Burlington City Councilors voted strongly to ensure all people have the right to access health care services.

Let them know that you support them in voting yes on the Patient Safety Zone resolution and that their vote made a difference.

This was an emotional and important issue for councilors and they need to know that their constituents support them in voting yes on the Patient Safety Zone.

Please reach out to city councilors and thank them for their support.

Tell Councilor Paul Decelles that you are disappointed in his “no” vote.

—————–May 5, 2012

PPNNE Volunteer Becky Glavin honored with Governor’s Service Award!
We’re pleased to announce that Becky Galvin has been ho nored this year with a Governor’s Service Award for her volunteer work in the Burlington health center! There will be a ceremony at the VT State House on Saturday, June 9th. Volunteers from across the state will be honored for their various contributions to the Vermont community.Becky was particularly honored for her commitment to the PPNNE

mission, support of the PPNNE staff, and dedication to creating a welcoming and positive space for our patients in the Burlington community. Becky supports staff & patients in the recovery room at the health center and recently testified at the Burlington City Council meeting in regards to the Patient Safety Zone ordinance. She is a stellar advocate for our work and she is the FIRST volunteer at PPNNE to be recogn

ized in this way.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know – grassrootsvt@ppnne.org

May 15, 2012

Take Control and Protect Yourself. Get Tested!- June 27th is National HIV Testing Day & Lake Monsters PPNNE Fundraiser!
Take control of your health and get yourself tested! Getting tested is quick and easy at Planned Parenthood health centers. Come in and get a rapid HIV test and get results within a half hour. It’s fast and confidential. You owe it to yourself! Know your status, protect yourself, and take charge of your health.
Join us at the Ballpark!- May 31st Deadline for June 27th Lake Monsters PPNNE fundraiser!
We are pleased to announce that PPNNE is teaming up with the Vermont Lake Monsters for a special fundraiser again this year. Tickets will be sold at a discounted rate of $6.00 and PPNNE will receive half the proceeds of all tickets sold.
Not only is this a great way to support PPNNE , but the June 27th game will be the perfect opportunity for PPNNE staff, donors, supporters, and activists to get together on a warm summer night to enjoy some baseball an d merriment.
Past Events
April 28, 2012 Unite Against the War on Women: Rally for Women’s Rights
State House Lawn, Montpelier
Vermonter’s from all over the state came together to support access to reproductive health care services and voicing our opposition to the war on women.
May 1, 2012 Worker’s Center Rally: Put People First
State House Lawn, Montpelier
PPNNE was well represented at one of the biggest gatherings of concerned citizens of the year organized by the Vermont Worker’s Center, Vermonters will converge on the State House Lawn in Montpelier to unite in our our struggles for universal health care, education, housing, childcare, workers’ rights, women’s rights, disability rights, migrant justice and a healthy environment and livable planet into one huge march and rally of solidarity and support.



















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Take Back the Night April 11, 2012
The rally was sponsored by the University of Vermont’s Women’s Center and H.O.P.E. Works, which offers multiple resources for victims such as group and individual counseling, as well as a hotline and online chatting.
March is Get Yourself Tested Month!
VOX at the University of Vermont tabled for five separate days over the course of three weeks in March for the GYT Campaign and promoting the new downtown Burlington health center. We had sign-up sheets and an interactive STD true/false game. Then for a week in April we did a GYT photo campaign where we walked around on UVM’s campus with signs that said “GYT” and asked students to take photos with them.
Vermont Legislature Passes Roe Resolution!
February 10, 2012
House resolution commemorating the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade and reaffirming support for its fundamental holding and principles. Read More
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