Planned Parenthood believes that all people deserve access to birth control and other preventive health care, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. In fact, more than 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood health centers do is preventive and primary health care, helping women and families make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, their lives, and their futures
Today, one in four women who receives contraceptive care does so at a women’s health center. One in six women who obtains a Pap test or a pelvic exam does so at a women’s health center, as do one-third of women who receive counseling, testing, or treatment for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. This basic health care is essential, particularly during difficult economic times, to give women the tools they need to protect and support themselves and their families.
Only by working hand-in-hand with national, state, and local leaders can we implement commonsense measures that will prevent unintended pregnancy and ensure affordable access to contraception and other preventive care.
Planned Parenthood is committed to ensuring that no woman has to wonder how she'll afford her next birth control pack, Pap test, or sexually transmitted infection test. Here are just a few of the issues we're currently working on:
- expanding coverage of Medicaid-funded family planning services
- increasing funding for Title X, America's family planning program
- increasing access to emergency contraception
- protecting insurance coverage for birth control