Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of sex education as well as one of the leading providers of high quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young adults. They lead with over 100 years of research in reproductive care backed by amazing medical experts ready to take care of any medical reproductive issue. Planned Parenthood has a mission they stand by that states they work to educate and empower communities, provide quality health care, lead the reproductive rights movement, and advance global health. They believe that sexual and reproductive health rights are basic rights. The main goal they strive to achieve is to provide the best healthcare that’s affordable to every single member of their community with expert nurses, doctors and educators. The majority of Planned Parenthoods services includes: care that helps prevent unintended pregnancies with birth control and sex education, reduce the spread of STD’s through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical, breast, and other cancers. Their expert physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with you, so you’ll have an honest, supportive, non-judgmental space to ask questions and make informed decisions about your health and wellbeing.
In 1916, Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams. Today, more than 600 health centers across the United States are operated. This all traces back to one nurse, educator and founder, Margaret Sanger. Sanger had the revolutionary idea that women should have a choice to control their own bodies and thus, their own destinies. She grew up in Corning, New York where her mother experienced seven miscarriages, and was in fragile health due to these complications, dying at age 50 from tuberculosis. Sanger then was inspired to study birth control in Europe and educate those in the United States even though it was illegal. On October 16, 1916, Sanger’s sister Ethel Byrne, activist Fania Mindell and Sanger herself, opened the country’s first birth control clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Police unfortunately raided the clinic nine days later, and were charged with crimes related to sharing birth control information. Sanger refused to pay the charge and spent 30 days in jail, educating other inmates about birth control. Once she was released, she traveled the world spreading her knowledge, beginning the Planned Parenthood movement. Planned Parenthood has developed in so many ways since then to now, providing hormone replacement therapy for transgender patients, the HPV vaccine was approved for cancer prevention, Mifepristone, known as the abortion pill, was approved after several years of delay due to political opposition, and many more services. A Guttmacher report found that, among women who receive care from a family planning center like Planned Parenthood, nearly 4 in 10 report that it is their only source of health care. In addition, more than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas, meaning that these are communities where there are not enough providers to adequately serve their needs and has a lower income based clientele.
My mother is a prime example of a patient from Planned Parenthood. At age 19, my mother Shannon went on a camping trip with what was suppose to be 3 females and 3 males up in the high desert. The females ended up backing out of the trip but she still ended up attending. They drove up to the sight, she had no idea where they were and the males wouldn’t tell her what the place was called. She had told me she had that gut feeling that you should always trust but she brushed it off and stayed. The next morning she woke up with only her bra on and she didn’t remember what happened that night. She asked the males what happen and they gave no answer. After the trip she had a missed period and was scared out of her mind to tell my grandparents. She went to Planned Parenthood and they provided her with a pregnancy test, including an STD test, and educated her on what could be happening as well as information on options if it is a pregnancy. They provided her with positive results for being pregnant with now myself. Planned Parenthood had her come in for all her check-ups, gave her the necessary vitamins and information she needed to know about pregnancy and the best classes to take. My mom eventually had to tell my grandparents, but Planned Parenthood is what helped her in the long run. They kept everything confidential, and assisted her with any needs or issues that came about. She explained that she never felt judged or uncomfortable with the workers and they were all extremely helpful.
Planned Parenthood helps women, men, and young adults all across the globe by educating them about sex, giving out free condoms for safe sex, and assisting with STD’s, pregnancies, and cancers. They provide their own type of Health Insurance for low-income communities and try their best to create a non-judgmental and helpful environment. In 2016, 706,903 HIV tests were conducted as well as 222,365 STI’s diagnosed, enabling these patients to get treatment and learn how to prevent the further spread of these diseases. As for Breast Exams and Pap test in 2016, 336,614 breast exams were provided, 281,063 Pap tests were performed, and 75,040 women whose cancer was detected early or whose abnormalities were identified and were then able to get treated for these medical issues. Planned Parenthood is a very helpful, non-profit organization that focuses on sex education and the well being of all genders and ages.
- “Four Reasons Planned Parenthood Is an Essential Health Care Provider.” Families USA, 12 June 2017, familiesusa.org/blog/2017/01/four-reasons-planned-parenthood-essential-health-care-provider.
- Planned Parenthood. “Who We Are.” Planned Parenthood, National – PPFA, http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are.
- Shannon Archuleta (Mother)