Buffalo, New York—State Senate candidate Amber Small issued a statement today calling on legislators to increase funding for preventative women’s health care treatment at Planned Parenthood health centers. The call follows Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent effort to raise awareness for breast cancer screening in New York State. Small’s call to action comes as she has received yet another endorsement from a prominent women’s political group—Eleanor’s Legacy. Small has also received endorsements from the Women’s Equality Party, WomenElect (WEPac), and the Women’s TAP Fund. These organizations advocate, for, amongst other things, increased access to health care for women.
Small commented, “I don’t take support from these organizations lightly. I wish it weren’t the case, but the past year has proven that women, and access to health care, continue to be the subject of attack by out of touch politicians. That includes countless efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. As State Senator I will proudly fight to prevent that, but access to quality health care for all women is not just something we need to preserve—it is something we must expand.”
In the past year alone, 24 states attempted to defund Planned Parenthood heath centers, and cut off entire communities from health care access. These threats to women’s health care, coupled with House Republicans repeated attempts to cut funding from the Title X Family Planning program, could leave more than 4 million patients without access to vital services.
Small continued, “What many of these opponents don’t realize is just how many people rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care, myself included. From 2014-2015, the organization provided 635,342 preventative exams with nearly half of the funding for this coming from government grants and reimbursements. This is health care for rural communities and urban centers. These are young women who deserve access to quality health care. These are professional women who are not provided with adequate health insurance coverage through their jobs or universities. These are our sisters, our grandmothers, our mothers, our daughters.”
“The Governor recently called for increasing awareness for breast cancer screenings, and I certainly echo that call.” Said Small. “But we need to go further. We need to also expand the call to include additional financial support for the entities providing these screenings. These are preventative services. Every dollar we spend now ultimately saves money. But more importantly, it saves lives.”
Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more. Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo, and is a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders council. She proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family. New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Orchard Park, Evans, Hamburg, Brant, and the City of Buffalo. Small is endorsed by the Erie County Democratic Committee, Working Families Party, Women’s Equality Party, WEPac, The Women’s TAP Fund, Eleanor’s Legacy, TransPAC, UFCW Local One and the Stonewall Democrats of WNY.