President of Planned Parenthood Voices Continued Commitment to Health Care for All
In the wake of last week’s election, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards reaffirmed that Planned Parenthood “will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the care they need, people who come from communities that need our continued support in this new reality – immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, people of faith, and more.” Richards went on to say that, “[h]ealth care should not be political. Every morning, Planned Parenthood health center staff across the country wake up and open their doors, as they have this morning, to care for anyone who needs them, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, or country of origin. They will do so today, they will do so tomorrow, they will do so every day as they have for 100 years.” In support of this, President Barack Obama has proposed a new rule that would prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood or any other family planning provider for political reasons.
Planned Parenthood’s Digital Sex Ed Program Shown to Make a Positive Impact
In an attempt to measure the effectiveness of their Chat/Text sex education program, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) teamed up with New York University (NYU) to measure its impact on health behaviors. NYU’s evaluation showed that the program is, in fact, having a positive effect on people’s healthcare decisions.
Alabama Activist Hosts Sex Ed Reform Forum
In Cullman County, Alabama, local activist Tori Partridge, 17, held an open forum to discuss the Alliance for Healthy Youth (AHY) and their mission to influence policies and programs that support sexual health and educational justice. The goal of such forums is to, “inform and educate younger people to get more support for changing the sexual education law that we have now into a comprehensive sex education law,” says Partridge.