Protecting and promoting sexual and reproductive health at the Hawaii State Capitol
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii works with state and federal elected officials on reproductive health care issues. This work ensures access to health care services; provides higher standards for sexual and reproductive health education; and ensures that women, men, and teens remain in control of their bodies and their right to choose.
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii had an outstanding 2013 with the passage of legislation to require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to sex assault survivors and to provide marriage equality to our LGBT community.
In 2014, we focused on improving sexual health education in our public schools and increasing access to and utilization of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. We worked with the Keiki Caucus and the Women’s Legislative Caucus to introduce legislation in 2014 to mandate comprehensive sexual health education in public schools and to require the Hawaii State Department of Health and Department of Education to provide parents of all 6th grade students with information about the HPV vaccine.
While these bills didn’t pass, we were able to rally community support and educate legislators on the importance of protecting and promoting sexual and reproductive health. In addition, we supported a number of bills and resolutions that would benefit sexual and reproductive health, including a bill to increase the minimum wage, which passed the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.
If you would like to learn more about advocacy at Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, please contact us at [email protected].