PPGC in the News
In his role as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dr. Bhavik Kumar – medical director of primary and trans care at PPGC and abortion care provider at Planned Parenthood Center for Choice – completed 27 media interviews between March and August.
Dr. Kumar has appeared in major national and local news outlets alike: on network television, radio, and podcasts and in print and online. This year, he has spoken to the New York Times, NPR, NBC, ABC, PBS, Vogue, Newsweek, and more, and he’s even appeared internationally in the British Medical Journal and in Spanish-language outlets TV3 and Efe News.
Since March, Dr. Kumar has been interviewed about abortion access during the COVID-19 pandemic, the devastating impact of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders temporarily banning abortion in Texas, and the complicated month-long legal battle that ensued. In July, Dr. Kumar also spoke with journalists about the U.S. Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Russo, in which the Court ruled 5-4 to strike down an unconstitutional and medically unnecessary abortion restriction in Louisiana, and about the importance of birth control, trans care, and LGBTQ health.
“There has been so much back and forth with the state, and as a provider in Texas, I know I need to be prepared for another instance when I am forced to stop providing essential care to my patients due to the harmful orders from our state leaders,” Dr. Kumar told NBC. “My patients deserve better, and I demand better for them.”
Dr. Kumar speaks eloquently and passionately about all of the life-sustaining services PPGC offers our communities thanks to your vital support. By representing Planned Parenthood in the press, Dr. Kumar is leading the charge to raise awareness of our full range of services and educate the public about complex issues and current events related to reproductive and sexual health – and PPGC’s critical role in providing and expanding access to essential care.