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Lancaster On Line - Scared straight not right for sexed
Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:00 am
If I was subjected to any sort of sex ed growing up, I can't remember it. However, I think even this incomplete schooling was far better than Pam Stenzel's scared-straight, abstinence-only program. To me, "sex ed" seems to describe the complete antithesis of what Stenzel is doing. Telling young people that the only way not to get pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases is through abstinence is not teaching. Everyone has the right to make an informed and educated decision when it comes to healthy relationships and safer sex, and providing only the option of abstinence, without any dialogue regarding condoms and contraception, is taking away that right.
To quote one of Stenzel's most offensive lines, "If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you." No one should be persuaded to think that birth control will make mothers hate them or that their sexuality directly influences what kind of person they are. But maybe Stenzel needs to resort to this fear tactic because abstinence-only education isn't working. A 2007 federally funded study of four abstinence-only education programs found that “youth enrolled in the programs were no more likely than those not in the programs to delay sexual initiation, to have fewer sexual partners, or to abstain entirely from sex." Not only is it not working, but we are wasting our taxpayer money on this.
Young people deserve comprehensive sex ed and to learn about healthy relationships. While my school may have failed me on this subject, luckily I had well-informed peers and attended Planned Parenthood education programs. For more information about these programs, visit planitpa.org or contact a Planned Parenthood Keystone educator at education@planitpa.org.
Marcella Labellarte
Lancaster

Wayne Independent
Posted Nov. 16, 2014 @ 5:00 pm 

REGION - Planned Parenthood Keystone launched online appointment scheduling (OAS) this weekend to successful results.More than 75 appointments were made by patients seeking essential health care services such as STD and HIV testing, birth control, annual exams and more. OAS was piloted at Planned Parenthood affiliates in Wisconsin and Illinois to tremendous success. Planned Parenthood Keystone is the first of the three affiliates in the state to try online appointment scheduling.

“We are so glad to be able to provide another option for making appointments at Planned Parenthood Keystone,” said Kim Custer. “Appointments can be made even when our medical centers are closed. By launching Online Appointment Scheduling, Planned Parenthood Keystone is making it easier for everyone to access the care that they need.”

Early reports indicate that 33 percent of appointments are made after regular business hours, with nearly 60 percent of those appointments made for the same or next day. Using a smartphone or tablet, anyone using OAS will be linked immediately to Planned Parenthood Keystone medical centers at www.planitpa.org. From there, users can select the nearest medical center, and make an appointment for the time slot that works best. All necessary forms can also be downloaded at that time.

“Today’s young people use their mobile devices increasingly for just about everything. Being able to make a medical appointment at any time adds a level of convenience and flexibility to the process,” concluded Custer.

July 22, 2014 (Lancaster, PA)

DSCF7109.JPGFor nearly an hour Tuesday morning, dozens gathered around Penn Square, in Lancaster holding bright signs that read “Not my boss’s business”  The people protesting say they should be allowed all options when it comes to birth control coverage. View Fox 43 news coverage here.

July 17, 2014
(Scranton, PA)
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Planned Parenthood Keystone Receives Grant from The Scranton Area Community Foundation
$10,000 Will Outfit Scranton Medical Center for Electronic Medical Records

Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) has received a grant from the Scranton Community Foundation to make improvements to its medical center in Scranton.The grant will outfit the medical center with technology hardware and staff training that will improve efficiency of service and the ability to reach more patients in need of care.

"Electronic Health Records (EHR) will help the Scranton medical center participate in the most advanced and systematic methods of health care information management, "said Kim Custer, President/CEO of PPKey. "It will save time on record keeping and greatly facilitate patient care between Planned Parenthood medical centers and between some of our patients' other health care providers."

PPKey completed the roll out of EHR at its medical centers last April. According to HealthIt.gov, 'when health care providers have access to complete and accurate information, patients receive better medical care. EHR can improve the ability to diagnose diseases and reduce/prevent medical errors, improving patient outcomes.'

"We send good wishes for continued success with the program," said a representative of the Foundation. PPKey is grateful for the financial support of the Scranton Community Foundation.

July 9, 2014 (Lehigh Valley, PA) - Planned Parenthood Keystone has moved its Easton medical center to 2407 Butler Street, in the Bottom Dollar shopping center. The strategic move places the medical center at a more frequented location - in the path of shoppers and customers of the businesses in the area, and with more ample accommodations for patients. 

Exterior_photo_7-9-14.jpgThe Easton Planned Parenthood Medical Center provides essential health care for close to 2,000 women, men and young people. They turn to Planned Parenthood for: treatment and counseling of sexually transmitted diseases; testing and counseling of HIV; pregnancy tests; birth control counseling and provision; cervical cancer screening; breast exams; and for general sexuality education. "Planned Parenthood has been around for 97 years, providing birth control services to women planning their families," said Kim Custer, president/CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.  "We are truly happy to be able to continue the legacy of working to help women in Easton."

The Easton location is one of 17 medical centers run by the Planned Parenthood Keystone affiliate, with its main administrative office in Allentown.  Its service area covers more than half of the state of Pennsylvania. 

"Planned Parenthood Keystone will continue to provide excellent, nonjudgmental and affordable care to all patients, regardless of their status in life," concluded Custer.

June 26, 2014 - Moscow Villager, Moscow, PA
The only way to know is to get tested. Posted Jun. 26, 2014 @ 11:00 am 
In an effort to promote early detection and help people in the community remain healthy, Planned Parenthood Keystone will be offering free HIV testing at their medical centers on June 27 at:

• Stroudsburg - 28 N. 7th Street, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

• Wilkes-Barre - 63 N. Franklin Street, 9 a.m. - noon

• Scranton - 316 Penn Avenue, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Read more here:

June 20 -  HARRISBURG — In an effort to promote early detection, Planned Parenthood Keystone will offer free rapid HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 27.

Testing will be available at most of the organizations medical centers, including its facility in Harrisburg at 1514 N. 2nd St.

Rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes and involves a swab inside the mouth.

June 19, 2014 - Bucks County Courier Times - Planned Parenthood offering Free HIV testing.

Planned Parenthood Keystone will offer free HIV testing at its locations in Bensalem, Bristol Township, Quakertown and Warminster. The free services are to mark National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27. All but the Warminster location will offer free HIV testing on that day; Warminster will offer testing on June 30. Read the entire article here.

June 18, 2014 WFMZ TV for their Spanish broadcast ***ANUNCIO DE PRENSA***

Planned Parenthood Keystone ofrecerá pruebas del VIH gratuitas el 27 de junio Trexlertown ― El 27 de junio es el Día Nacional de la Prueba del VIH, la campaña anual para impulsar QUÉ: Planned Parenthood Keystone ofrecerá pruebas del VIH gratuitas para mujeres, hombres y que las personas de todas las edades se hagan los exámenes de detección del VIH. Para celebrar la fecha, en Planned Parenthood Keystone ofreceremos pruebas del VIH gratuitas en cada oficina medica. personas jóvenes.
No es necesario hacer una cita ni tampoco se requiere tener seguro 
Stroudsburg - 28 North 7th Street - from 10:30 a. m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wilkes-Barre - 63 North Franklin Street - from 9 a.m. - Noon
Scranton - 316 Penn Avenue - from 1 - 4 p.m.
Harrisburg - 1514 North 2nd Street - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lancaster - 31 South Lime Street - 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Red Lion - 2997 Cape Horn - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Gettysburg - 963 Biglerville Road - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
York - 728 South Beaver Street - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Easton - 2407 Butler Street - 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

2 de julio para Allentown - 29 North 9th Street - 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bensalem - 2185 Galloway Road - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bristol - 721 Veterans Highway - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Quakertown - 401 West Broad Street - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

30 de junio para Warminster - 610 Louis Drive - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reading - 48 South 4th Street - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


 Lancaster Jan. 21, 2014 Roe v. Wade: Millennials' support for reproductive rights encouraging to abortion rights advocates

While anti-abortion groups plan to rally in the nation’s capital on Wednesday to mark the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, abortion rights advocates plan to toast this landmark decision in several cities across Pennsylvania.
Unlike the vigil-like tone of the anti-abortion gathering, Selina Winchester of Planned Parenthood Keystone said their events strike a more celebratory tone.
But she added it’s a cautionary celebration.
“We do realize there’s been 160 laws passed nationwide to prevent access to abortion care, so we celebrate the fact that we do have Roe but we realize there’s a lot to be done,” said Winchester of Trexlertown, Lehigh County. 
Read the complete article here.

If you have questions or comments about any press releases about PPKey, please call 610.709.0609 or e-mail swinchester@planitpa.org.




 

 

 



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