Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
Published: 05.27.08| Updated: 06.21.13
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
Portland, OR – Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) recognize the power of prevention during National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and throughout the year. Unfortunately, this country still faces a teen pregnancy health care crisis. This year an estimated 750,000 American teens will become pregnant. The U.S. continues to hold the regrettable distinction of having the highest teen pregnancy rate among the most developed nations.
“All too often in our society, teens are bombarded with conflicting messages about sex,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards. “They are looking to us for honest and accurate information so they can make responsible decisions. Unfortunately, in the last decade, more than $1.5 billion has been wasted on dangerous abstinence-only programs that deny teenagers lifesaving information.”
“As the mother of two teenagers, I know it can be difficult to talk with your kids about sex. We need education programs in our schools that will keep teens healthy and help to reduce teen pregnancy — by including information about abstinence as well as contraception, healthy communication, responsible decision making, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.”
Planned Parenthood is a leading advocate for school education programs that will keep teens healthy and help reduce teen pregnancy. Planned Parenthood also partners with parents to help them talk with their teens about comprehensive sex education.
This year at the 2008 Youth Summit in Washington, DC, Planned Parenthood teen peer educators articulated their demands for more comprehensive programs in schools through spoken word poetry.
Locally, PPCW provides numerous age-appropriate, comprehensive sexual health curricula for youth in schools, community groups and youth serving agencies. One of the most popular, Teen Council, engages teens to become educators themselves. Participants in this year-long peer education program for teens receive extensive training before reaching out to their peers, families and communities in formal and informal settings. PPCW Teen Council members help spread knowledge and skills to help youth in their communities develop healthy sexual attitudes and behaviors.
Planned Parenthood has the nation’s largest network of sex educators, who teach parents and young people in schools and communities nationwide, every day, how to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. In our affiliates’ 860 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood providers and educators see firsthand the price that young people pay when they are denied access to medically accurate, comprehensive sex education that could help them protect their lives and their futures.
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest non-profit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, more than 56,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW’s eleven health centers. We provide a wide range education programs and health care services, including low-cost contraceptives, emergency contraception, annual gynecological check-ups, breast exams, cervical cancer detection and treatment, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy testing and options counseling. Approximately five percent of PPCW services are for first term abortion care. For more information, visit www.ppcw.org.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 860 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.