HEALTH CARE REFORM AND WOMEN
The health care reform law signed by President Obama represents the greatest single legislative advancement for women’s health since Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law nearly 45 years ago.
Hundreds of thousands of Planned Parenthood supporters made health care reform a reality.We launched our public campaign for health care reform immediately after the 2008 election by hosting health care reform house parties across the country. By the time the President signed the bill into law in March 2010, this campaign had become the most extensive coordinated lobbying, field, and communications effort in Planned Parenthood’s history.
BIRTH CONTROL AND OTHER PREVENTIVE CARE
Planned Parenthood believes that all people deserve access to preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and contraception. In fact, more than 90 percent of the care Planned Parenthood health centers offer nationwide is preventive, helping women and families make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, their lives, and their futures.
As the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider, educator, and advocate, Planned Parenthood is dedicated to ensuring access to quality, affordable, and culturally competent health care and information in order to build strong, healthy families and communities.
Planned Parenthood is working with the federal and state governments to ensure access to sex education programs that give young people the reliable, accurate information they need to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.
Did You Know?
- The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate among the world’s developed nations.
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than three million teen girls have a sexually transmitted infection. That’s at least one in four.
- Half of sexually active young people in the U.S. will contract a sexually transmitted infection by age 25.
- Approximately 750,000 teenagers in the United States will become pregnant this year.
Planned Parenthood believes every woman should have access to the full range of reproductive health care.
Our primary goal is prevention — reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, especially the alarmingly high number of teenage pregnancies, in the United States. At the same time, to protect their health and the health of their families, women facing an unintended pregnancy must have access to safe, legal abortion services without interference from the government. Decisions about childbearing should be made between a women, her family, her doctor and her faith — not by the government.
Access to abortion is legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet anti-choice organizations and policymakers have made it increasingly harder for women to access needed care. Anti-choice hardliners erode access to abortion through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions on abortion services — some extremists even resort to intimidation, harassment, and violence against women and health care providers.
Planned Parenthood fights these anti-choice efforts on every level. From courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill to the grassroots, Planned Parenthood works to protect access to reproductive health care through education of elected officials, litigation, and mobilization of more than over 200,000 Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest activists, donors, and supporters in Alaska, Idaho and Washington.
OPPOSING ATTACKS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH
Women must be able to access health care without fear of violence, harassment, or intimidation. Young people must be able to get accurate information about their health and how to protect it. And women, men, and teens must able to make their own decisions about their health and their futures without government intrusion.
Anti-choice extremists do everything they can to prevent women and men from taking charge of their lives. If these radicals truly were concerned about women and families, they would work with Planned Parenthood to reduce unintended pregnancy in the first place by doing the only thing that works — increasing access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education.
All People Need the Freedom to Make Decisions About Reproductive Health
Planned Parenthood believes all people should have the freedom and resources to make personal, private decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. We actively work to promote and protect:
- Access to medications and health care services including abortion services, maternity support services and access to emergency contraception.
- LGBTQ rights and equality. Read more from our partners
Equal Rights Washington.
- Equal access to the resources needed to decide when and whether to parent. Read more about reproductive justice from
- A reduction in health disparities among communities of color.