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PPSNE celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE)

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New Haven, CT - Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) by standing with the Latinx* community to honor their history and culture and to support expanding access to vital health care.

“Part of honoring Hispanic heritage in this country is ensuring that we stand with Latinx communities so they are able to access affordable, high-quality health care and live free from discrimination,” said Kafi Rouse, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “Access to affordable health care, including birth control without a copay, remains at risk under this administration. Combined with current racialized immigrant enforcement efforts standing in the way of undocumented immigrants accessing health care, it is more important than ever to stand with Latinx communities in southern New England.”

Immigrant communities often face more challenges to accessing coverage and health care. While the Affordable Care Act resulted in significant coverage gains for Latinos, it left out undocumented immigrants, the majority of whom are Latino. Increased immigration enforcement drives immigrants further into the shadows and can prevent them from seeking the lifesaving care they need. PPSNE is proud to see patients regardless of income, insurance, or immigration status, and it is often one of the only places that undocumented people can turn to for care. For many Latinos, Planned Parenthood is their preferred health care provider or the only health care provider they have, and Medicaid and Title X funding is the only way they are able to access Planned Parenthood’s high-quality, affordable, and compassionate care.

“The Latinx community makes our country better, stronger, and more vibrant. We do not need policies that create fear and hate – we need policies that bring communities together,” said Rouse. “We are proud to advocate for and with Latinx communities in partnership with community leaders to harness their political power and increase access to health care.”

For more information on Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, or to make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526).

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