Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Offers Free Birth Control and Emergency Contraception to Women Fleeing Hurricane Katrina
Houston, TX — Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas (PPHSET) today announced that they will be providing a free one month supply of birth control pills or one free Emergency Contraception (EC) kit to women who fled Louisiana and Mississippi.
"In emergency weather situations the focus is on protecting yourself, your loved ones and your home. Many times, essential medication is left behind in the bathroom cabinet. We want the women from Louisiana and Mississippi to know that Planned Parenthood is here to serve them in their time of need," said Peter J. Durkin, President and CEO of PPHSET.
This week women can visit any PPHSET health center location and present a valid Louisiana or Mississippi driver's license to receive a free month's supply of birth control or an EC kit. For maximum effectiveness birth control pills must be taken at approximately the same time daily. Correct and consistent use of birth control pills increases one's protection from pregnancy. EC is a special concentration of hormones found in birth control pills that can prevent an unintended pregnancy if taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex. EC is most effective when taken within 72 hours, so the sooner it is administered, the better.
PPHSET has ten health center locations — seven are located in the greater Houston area, other clinics are located in Huntsville, Lufkin, and Bryan. For the nearest location, women should call 713.522.6240 or visit our website, www.pphouston.org.