Planned Parenthood's 30 Year Commitment to Louisiana
For 30 years, Planned Parenthood has been caring for and supporting communities in Louisiana. Women and men have relied on Planned Parenthood in Baton Rouge since 1984 and in New Orleans since 1992. Last year both health centers provided 16,000 medical visits for uninsured, low-income women and men.
So what do we do?
We provide high-quality, preventive health services including well woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, birth control methods, pregnancy testing and options counseling, and screening for high blood pressure and diabetes.
We also offer education programs like "Real Life, Real Talk" helping parents start important age-appropriate conversations about puberty and relationships with their children
Unfortunately, the need is great. In 2013, Louisiana is ranked 48th in a prominent national organization's annual health rankings of American states -- too many of our citizens don't have access to basic health care. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina has made this problem worse, when many hospitals in New Orleans closed and never reopened.
Some politicians are not doing Louisianans any favors. They are working to limit health care instead of helping people who need it. Medicaid expansion would provide health care to 398,000 citizens.
But we're going to keep doing what we do, which is to serve the communities where we live and work, and provide care, no matter what.