Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains responds to CDC decision to reverse policy related to trans individuals accessing breast screenings


Rebecca Sunshine

Published: 12.27.13| Updated: 12.27.13

DENVER — PPRM applauds the CDC’s decision to reverse their policy relating to transgender individuals accessing breast screenings through the Women’s Wellness Connection program.

“As the leading provider of breast health care for women in the fight to detect breast cancer early and ensure good breast health, Planned Parenthood is delighted to hear that federal funds can be used to screen transgender women,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of PPRM. “One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in her life for health care; that refers to all women, not just those who were born female.”

Last year, PPRM provided lifesaving cancer screenings to more than 13,700 patients throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Southern Nevada helping women detect cancer and connect to treatment.

PPRM has and will continue to commit to serve the LGBTQ community at each of our 30 health centers throughout the four-state region. Although LGBTQ Americans face hurdles in accessing health care services, we know that patients who report that their provider is LGBTQ-friendly are more likely to seek regular care, more likely to get tested for STDs, and even more likely to get regular vaccinations. Which is why each of our health centers throughout the affiliate welcome LGBTQ patients with open arms; this is highlighted by our work at the Central health center in downtown Denver where we are proud to provide hormonal treatments for transgender patients.

PPRM is currently awaiting official notice of the protocol change; once that guidance is received the change will be reflected in each of our health centers.



Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy.  More than 120,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 30 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care.  For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit for the health center nearest you.

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