Since 1939, Planned Parenthood has been a trusted source of quality healthcare and health education. Today our Waco health center provides well woman exams, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections for men and women including HIV tests, clinical breast exams, cervical cancer screening, the full range of FDA-approved birth control including IUDs and implants and other sexual healthcare services to more than 4,000 Wacoans annually.
For uninsured and low-income patients, these services are provided at no cost or on a sliding scale based on income due through Title X and Medicaid funding. Those funds are at risk at the state and national level as extreme politicians seek to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking access to these healthcare services.
In communities like Waco, with a high percent of uninsured and low-income families, this healthcare is a life-line and this access to birth control helps ensure women can plan and space their pregnancies. When the Texas Legislature blocked federal Breast and Cervical Cancer screening fundingfrom our Waco health center in 2015, it created enormous new challenges for uninsured Waco-area women with cancer that remain unaddressed in this community.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas prioritizes the return of healthcare and abortion access to communities that have lost healthcare services as a result of hostile legislation and women's health services defunding over the past several years. In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that key sections of Texas' controversial abortion restriction law, HB2, were unconstitutional burdens for Texas women. Since then, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas prioritized the restoration of safe, legal abortion in Waco which previously served approximately 800 women a year. Effective May 2017, abortion services are again available at our Waco health center.
You can be a powerful ally in lifting up the importance of returning access to abortion care in the Waco Community. Explore the links below for ways to help and more information on the importance of healthcare access in Waco.
Ways to Support Planned Parenthood