More than an abortion clinic – Le Paisano
Let’s talk about family planning. Since its founding in 1916, Planned Parenthood has been at the forefront of the discourse surrounding abortion. Although historically it was not the only provider of abortion services in America, historic Supreme Court cases – such as Planned Parenthood v. Casey – and the media have portrayed the organization as such in the public eye. This is just one of many misconceptions that challenge the mission of this nonprofit.
Planned Parenthood describes its mission as “[ensuring that] all people have access to the care and resources they need to make informed decisions about their body, their life and their future. They have worked to achieve their goal by acting as healthcare providers, educators and advocates for thousands of communities around the world. It is very easy to engage in discussions of political differences without ever reaching common ground. Whatever your personal position, you may get caught up in these seemingly endless debates. After all, you are not the person in the hypothetical situation who is faced with an incredibly difficult decision to make, and neither are you the person on the ground supporting these people during a difficult time. This is family planning: the backbone of real people seeking help. Just as we applauded essential workers, doctors and nurses during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we should also applaud the doctors, nurses, staff and clinic advocates of every Planned Parenthood across the country. for over one hundred years of providing substantial service to the United States and the world.
However, as previously stated, Planned Parenthood offers much more than abortions.
As UTSA opens more classes and in-person events, I find it important to let my fellow runners know about some of the services Planned Parenthood can provide for all of us. The most widely used medical services at Planned Parenthood are STI testing and treatment. Doctors recommend that sexually active people get tested at least once a year; Planned Parenthood offers free or low-cost testing, treatment, and immunization services for people who fall into this category. Members of the LGBTQ + community mention how important this service is to them: “I’m a gay man. Planned Parenthood has provided me with easy and safe access to testing for STDs, as well as PrEP to keep me safe ”(Anonymous). In addition, transgender people can receive advice and guidance to begin their transition process. Some Planned Parenthood sites offer hormone replacement therapy; in San Antonio, the Planned Parenthood – South Texas Medical Center is a great option for students who live close to campus.
Planned Parenthood also offers a variety of birth control methods, such as implants, IUDs, condoms, pills, vasectomies, and more. In addition, they have healthcare professionals on their staff who will guide you through the process of selecting the method best suited to your needs. For anyone over the age of 18, the organization offers walk-in emergency contraception products, or you can purchase them in any quantity to keep at home. Another extremely important service they provide is cancer screening and prevention for people who may be at risk for ovarian or breast cancer.
Finally, Planned Parenthood provides abortion services in states where they are legal. However, as many of us may already know, Governor Greg Abbott has banned abortion procedures for pregnancies as early as six weeks. If you need an abortion but live in Texas, Planned Parenthood has virtual and in-person appointments with healthcare providers who will help you exercise your right to privacy by choosing to have an abortion. abortion by referring you to other clinics or doctors who may be able to do this procedure. There are also incredible clinic advocates in almost every location. They volunteered to escort you safely away from the protesters to the clinic.
Planned Parenthood is proud to be the nation’s largest provider of sex education. They made information on consent, gender identity, emergency contraception, sex, sexuality and pregnancy easily accessible by providing parents and educators with resources to impart knowledge. Planned Parenthood’s role in the community is crucial in the goal of de-stigmatizing the natural processes and needs of the human body, as well as establishing the importance of bodily autonomy.