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Sept. 12 panel tackles Title X cut

(Courtesy photos)

(Courtesy photos)

A panel of speakers will address the wide-ranging impact that cutting funding to Title X would have on women in Arizona and the country at the League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County gathering, Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. at Las Fuentes Retirement Village, 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott, in the downstairs meeting room. Coffee will be served at 10 a.m.

The speakers are Jane Chapman, reproductive health program manager and clinician, Yavapai County Community Health Services; Kelly Dupps, public policy manager for Planned Parenthood Arizona; Desiree Perez, regional health coordinator, Northern Arizona
Planned Parenthood Arizona; and Bré Thomas, CEO of Arizona Family Health Partnership.

A proposed Labor/Health and Human Services/Education bill would eliminate Title X Family Planning, denying 4 million women access to health care services. Statistics show 60 percent of women who rely on a Title X consider it their primary source of medical care. The proposed bill would also cut funding to teen pregnancy prevention.

The issues of reproductive rights and access to low-cost health care for poor women, men and families has become a hot topic on the national stage. One in five women have visited Planned Parenthood for health care, ranging from pap smears and breast exams to birth control. While no government money is spent on abortions, politicians cite abortion services as a reason to defund the group.

Chapman, who has worked in Prescott for 30 years as a provider of Family Planning services and manager of Title X funds, has been employed by Yavapai County Community Health Services since April 2010. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the State University of New York and a Master of Science in microbiology from Colorado State University. A graduate of the Prescott Area Leadership Pioneer Class, 1990-91, Chapman has been a Primavera School Board member for 22 years.

Dupps has nearly 20 years of experience as a professional community and political organizer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Colorado State University and a Master of Education in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Dupps has organized throughout the United States, working on issues ranging from education policy to animal protection; from reproductive justice to equality for all.

Perez began working with Planned Parenthood Arizona in May of 2014, but her support of the organization began nearly a decade earlier as a patient and later a volunteer. Perez has a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Humboldt State University and served as editor-in-chief of her community college newspaper. After graduation, she worked with Environment California and held a volunteer producer position with KPFK public radio in Los Angeles.

Thomas leads the largest Title X grantee in Arizona. Title X is the federal government's only dedicated funding source for family planning services. Her previous experience includes two decades of management experience with state agencies, the Governor's office, nonprofits and electoral campaigns. Specifically, she worked in state government for seven years in behavioral health, human services and as the women's health policy adviser in Gov. Janet Napolitano's office. Her background includes working at the Arizona House of Representatives; congressional and gubernatorial campaigns in New Jersey, Alabama and her home state of Arizona; as well as internships for the Arizona State Senate and for a member of Parliament for the British House of Commons.

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