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1A good for your health

Dear Editor:

In these tough economic times, women, men and families, more than ever before, need access to affordable health care. As a trusted, nonprofit health care provider who sees firsthand the impact of the struggling economy, Planned Parenthood urges voters to renew Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund.

Women and men come to our Glenwood Springs health center in search of quality, affordable health care. We provide these individuals with access to preventive health care and information, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services, pap tests, sexual health education, information and health counseling.

Often times, they have nowhere else to go for the care they critically need, and we are the only health care provider they will see. And they are not alone. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in their lives. In these challenging times, Planned Parenthood is here providing professional, reliable and accessible care.

Last year, the Glenwood Springs health center provided services to nearly 2,800 clients, more than 37 percent of which live at or below the federal poverty line.

During the economic downturn, nonprofit agencies have seen significant increases in demand for services, at the same time as significant decreases in other funding sources. These trends have resulted in a real need for our community to come together in support of our friends, neighbors and co-workers facing difficult times. Vote yes on 1A to renew and continue Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund, because a vote for 1A is a vote to keep our community healthy.

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Rebecca Murray

Glenwood Springs Health Center manager

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains