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Media coverage enhances the public's understanding of reproductive rights and sexual health issues - including abortion, contraception, sex education, racial equity, HIV and STIs, LGBTQ + identities, public health, and health equity - and is vital to our country's continued progress. This past year, in the face of increasing political attacks by state legislatures and in the courts, news stories that accurately and compassionately covered sexual and reproductive health and rights were more important than ever.

As 2021 comes to a close, Planned Parenthood is showcasing some of this year's best journalism on sexual and reproductive health. The list doesn't include op-eds (although you should definitely read Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson's NYT piece about being done making excuses for Margaret Sanger) or pop culture moments (although you should definitely watch Cecily Strong's SNL skit on clown abortions). Planned Parenthood is grateful to everyone who spoke up, who listened, and who shared their story in 2021. Thank you for bringing more truth and empathy to our world.


As Reproductive Justice leaders have long taught, a right without access is meaningless. These stories highlight the connections between health care equity and other justice issues, clearly showing intersections of racial justice, disability justice, transgender health needs, and sexual and reproductive health.


Throughout 2021, reporters amplified the impact of abortion restrictions on patients, particularly Texas's abortion ban that has been in place for more than 110 days, and the harm these laws cause thousands of people seeking reproductive health care.



In these stories, the voices of patients and health care providers clearly show that every pregnant person's circumstances are unique. No one can make that decision for someone else.



We're never too old to learn about sexual health! These stories shone a light on the state of our country's sex education, the connections between sexual health and mental health, and what the pandemic could mean for communicating about sexual health.



The new year is just around the corner! We're excited about the potential for a permanent repeal of the global gag rule, and the result in some states of the FDA's permanent expansion of medication abortion access via telehealth

And there are huge elections in 2022, which is why Planned Parenthood advocacy, as well as political organizations, are already preparing for next year's governors' races, which  Teen Vogue  reminds us will be crucial for protecting abortion access.


Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation's largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.