posts tagged "Planned Parenthood"
I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.
I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.
Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.
When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.
And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.
I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.
I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do.
Since day one, President Obama has fought for women’s health care rights and the economic security that goes with access to affordable insurance. I wish that were true for Mitt Romney.
Mr. Romney offers only dangerous promises to roll back these rights. I’m going to take him at his word—and every woman in America should, too. On Obamacare, he says he’ll ‘kill it dead’ on day one, eliminating mandatory coverage for lifesaving preventive care and once again letting insurance companies play by their own rules.
Mr. Romney has said over and over that he would ‘get rid’ of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is a provider for more than 3 million people across the country who need cancer screenings and other basic health care. He also applauded a proposed law that would allow any employer, religious or not, to deny employees coverage for any medical service, not just contraception.
Stop the Pennsylvania bill to defund Planned Parenthood
The latest attack on Planned Parenthood was launched last week in Pennsylvania.
Planned Parenthood receives millions of dollars each year in Department of Health funds to provide critical health care services for low-income women, like affordable birth control, prenatal care, cancer screenings, family planning services, and services for survivors of domestic violence.
And now, in a cynical attempt to put anti-choice politics ahead of women’s health, a bill has been introduced in the House to deny Planned Parenthood the funding it needs to serve women all over the state.
Each year, Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania cares for more than 120,000 people. Planned Parenthood clinics don’t just provide family planning resources — they provide vital health care services to women, especially low-income women and women in rural areas who often depend exclusively on Planned Parenthood.
This is not about abortion. It’s about denying women access to crucial health care services. In Western Pennsylvania, for example, abortion care is available at the downtown Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood clinic — but not at six other area clinics which focus on basic health care for low-income women.1
The attacks on Planned Parenthood are part and parcel of a national extremist vendetta against the organization, and the women who depend on its clinics for basic care. Anti-choice organizations, politicians and activists are relentless, and they are conducting a state-by-state campaign to undermine Planned Parenthood in state legislatures around the country, no matter what the cost to women’s health.
Don’t let the national campaign against Planned Parenthood take health care away from low-income Pennsylvania women.
Pennsylvania’s HB 2405 was introduced by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe but it was written with the help of national anti-choice groups and is almost identical to a bill passed in Arizona, and ones being considered in Ohio, Kansas, Michigan and Oklahoma. It puts Planned Parenthood at the bottom of a prioritized list of health care providers who can receive funding. It’s a clever way to cut off Planned Parenthood funding in practice, without defunding the organization by statute2.
Anti-choice activists in Pennsylvania working in concert with national organizations are already pressuring their representatives in the state legislature to pass this legislation. We need to push back and make sure Republicans know that playing political games with women’s health has no place in Pennsylvania.
Tell Pennsylvania Republicans: Don’t throw women’s health under the bus just because national anti-choice groups want to score another victory in their vendetta against Planned Parenthood. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Gazette put it this way:Pennsylvania Republicans have a choice. They can join Mr. Metcalfe in pandering to extremists on the right — 34 members already have. Or they can ignore HB 2405 and try to re-create the Republican Party that knew how to work across party lines for the good of Pennsylvania.3
Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, even if they are anti-choice, need to hear that Pennsylvanians oppose any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and deny vital health care — from mammograms to birth control — to the women of Pennsylvania.
Every time and everywhere Planned Parenthood is attacked, we need to fight back. Please help us stop this latest effort to destroy Planned Parenthood and block women’s access to health care.
Thank you for standing up for Planned Parenthood and Pennsylvania women.
Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
1. “War on women’s health: Does Rep. Metcalfe speak for Pa. Republicans?,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 05-29-12.
2. “Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program,” RH Reality Check, 03-13-12.
3. “War on women’s health: Does Rep. Metcalfe speak for Pa. Republicans?,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 05-29-12.
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Teens in Toronto can now text their way to accurate sexual health information
Planned Parenthood Toronto launched a new text messaging service this spring that lets teens connect directly with trained peer volunteers for personalized answers to their sexual health questions.
A first in Canada, the text messaging service is targeted to youth aged 13-19 and provides reliable sexual health information directly to teens through their mobile phones. Teens can anonymously text questions about relationships, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, puberty, or other sexual health topics to 647-933-5399 and receive answers from peer volunteers.
A key feature of this new service is that it allows for back-and-forth text conversations between teens and peer volunteers. This means that teens have the opportunity to seek clarification if there’s anything they don’t understand or to ask further questions.
Hooray! This is how we do our texting service, too, and we’re so glad to see something finally available for Canadian teens (where our mobile services won’t let us reach). Go PP Toronto!