Telemed and sex ed: Planned Parenthood during COVID-19
As Oregon nears one year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many services have been modified or canceled. Planned Parenthood is not one of them and continues to offer healthcare and sexual education opportunities, while managing the effects of COVID-19 in the state.
Planned Parenthood sex education goes online
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has launched an online sex education program to ensure kids have access to evidence-based sexual health information during the pandemic.
Although it wasn’t the original plan for the month of May, which is Sex Ed for All Month, the timing worked well to ensure local youth have information they need to make safe choices during the quarantine, said Amy Handler, chief of education and community partnerships with Planned Parenthood.
Coronavirus Fallout Affects Family Planning
Planned Parenthood, which provides family planning for many low-income Oregonians, has also been affected by the pandemic. Already under a financial strain from a cut in federal Title X funding, the nonprofit has had to delay some services like annual checkups. But it’s still providing abortions, which are time sensitive.
Planned Parenthood Goes Virtual With Health Services
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has implemented a way for people to receive sexual and reproductive health care--remotely.
The organization has launched a “telehealth platform” so patients can call in and receive a link to connect !virtually! by phone or secure video. Then they may access such services as birth control prescriptions and refills, HIV meds, all options counseling or treatments for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI.)
Planned Parenthood chapters across Oregon are helping patients through telehealth services
Planned Parenthood's Southwestern Oregon chapter continues to help patients with telehealth services.
In a press release, they said that they are doing so because "this ensures, even in this uncertain time, our patients can access high-quality, affordable healthcare services - no matter what."
Oregon US Senators Denounce "Unfair Rush" To Seat A New Supreme Court Justice
Oregon Democratic US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were in Eugene Saturday voicing their concerns over what they say is an "unfair rush" to seat a new Supreme Court Justice.
Senator Wyden spoke to an audience at Planned Parenthood. In denouncing his Republican colleagues. He said "they're doing this even as most Americans believe the winner of the presidential election should be the one to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice."
Barriers for Birth Control
On July 8, the Supreme Court ruled in Little Sisters of the Poor vs Pennsylvania that employers with moral or religious obligations may limit or exclude themselves from providing affordable or free contraceptives in their employees’ insurance plans. People who use birth control may find themselves restricted from obtaining affordable contraceptives if their employers decide to apply for this exemption. Government officials have estimated that the effects of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania could leave as many as 125,000 women without contraceptive insurance coverage.
Back after being banned
A woman named Rianna S., who asked that her last name not be used for fear of being targeted, organized a group of people to stand in support of Planned Parenthood.
She said last year at the Fourth of July parade, she became so upset at their actions that she turned a piece of cardboard into a sign that read, “Donate to Planned Parenthood today.” She said she encouraged people to donate online, but then people began handing her cash.
Vern Katz: Medically unethical gag rule threatens public health
Title X ensures that every person has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care, such as birth control and cancer screenings, regardless of their income. Title X funds have never been allowed to be used for abortion. The new gag rule states that any healthcare provider who talks about abortion or refers a patient for an abortion cannot take Title X funds for any patient they see.
Federal judge sides with Oregon in imposing national injunction against Trump administration rule change
A U.S. District Court judge on Monday sided with Oregon to stop a Trump administration rule change on reproductive health care from going into effect.
The policy shift would have required clinics providing reproductive health care services to low-income people across the country to physically separate any abortion services, including discussions about abortions, from the rest of the clinic.
See you in court, President Trump
This month, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette joined forces with the Oregon Medical Association to sue the Trump administration to block its gag rule. This dangerous and unethical rule would dismantle Title X, the nation’s reproductive health program, which helps people access birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment.
AMA, Planned Parenthood Challenge Trump Family-Planning Rule
In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon, the AMA and Planned Parenthood asserted that the new rule violates a congressional mandate that patients receiving information about their pregnancies through Title X must receive complete, unbiased information about their options.
Oregon To Sue White House Over Limits On Abortion Providers
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced they plan to file a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s proposed changes to Title X family planning funding. That federal program provides reproductive health services like contraception to millions of low-income Americans. The lawsuit is backed by 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Trump-Pence Gag Rule Will Have Devastating Impact on Oregon Women
The Trump-Pence administration today released a domestic gag rule, which will dismantle the nation’s family planning program and put millions of people’s health at risk.
Oregon had the most-encompassing case against the gag rule
Gardner and Udall: Oregon voters affirm reproductive freedom for all
In a huge victory for reproductive freedom, voters affirmed for the third time in 40 years that every Oregonian must be empowered to decide whether and when to become a parent — no matter how much money they make or how they are insured.
Nothing about youth without youth
We often view student absenteeism as a problem with our education system. But the reasons students don’t show up are beyond what happens or doesn’t happen in class. According to a 2015 CDC report, if you’re a high school student who identifies as LGBTQ, missing school due to safety concerns is 140 percent more likely for you than for your heterosexual peers.
Planned Parenthood voted Best of Eugene!
In a country where health care has been typically seen as more of a commodity than a human right, we’re extremely lucky to have organizations like Planned Parenthood. And you all seem to agree by voting it the Best Nonprofit in Eugene. Along with providing services like contraceptives, gynecological check-ups and testing for sexually transmitted infections, Planned Parenthood does a lot of outreach and education about sexual health.
Youth Against 106
Here’s what we have to say: Voting “yes” on Measure 106 means saying no to our ability to make our own decisions about our own bodies. M106 takes away a person’s ability to make medical decisions based on their income or health care coverage.
Governor Brown Joins Growing Opposition to Trump's Domestic "Gag Rule"
Oregon Governor Kate Brown joined 13 other governors across the country in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule, which would make it illegal for healthcare providers to refer for abortion and impose new restrictions intended to block patients from Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control.
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