In this issue:
- President & CEO Message
- Gender Affirming Care
- Education & Training in Full Swing
- Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Case on December 1
- How You Can Help
- In Case You Missed It
Tomorrow marks the annual celebration of birth control as we commemorate Thanks, Birth Control. It’s a day to show the world why birth control is important in the lives of millions of people every day. In a recent study conducted by Power to Decide, 94% of respondents ages 18-34 and who use birth control are thankful that birth control has allowed them/their partner to decide if or when to have a child, 84% of respondents are thankful that birth control has allowed them/their partner the ability to work towards educational or professional goals, and 74% of respondents are thankful that birth control has allowed them/their partner to manage health conditions. At PPHP, we provide a wide range of birth control options to all our patients and help them decide the method that’s best for them. I know they are thankful, and I hope you will join us on our social media platforms as we say Thanks, Birth Control.
World AIDS Day, marked annually on Dec. 1, is a global day of recognition for people living with HIV/AIDS, a time to show them support as well as honor people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Importantly, Planned Parenthood stands in solidarity to put an end to this destructive global epidemic. There are an estimated 37.7 million people living with HIV, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), but only 27.4 million have access to treatment. In 2020, 1.5 million people became newly infected with HIV, and 690,000 people died of HIV-related causes. AIDS remains the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age, 40 years after the first diagnosed case. At PPHP, we offer HIV testing and counseling, PEP and PrEP for HIV prevention, and Rapid Initiation of Anti-Retroviral (RIA) for patients who have a positive test result as part of our effort to end this epidemic.
As we head into the holiday season, I want to thank you for your continued support of PPHP and our mission to empower individuals to determine their own sexual health and reproductive futures. I encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay up-to-date on what is happening at PPHP and issues related to sexual and reproductive health care.
President & CEO
You may not know that we offer Gender Affirming Care to transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary individuals. This includes gender affirming hormone therapy, self-injection training, sensitive sexual and reproductive health care, and referral to other services.
We began offering gender affirming hormone therapy in June 2019 and since then we have provided care to hundreds of individuals who would have either had to travel to New York City for care or go without the care they need and deserve. These services are now available in our 10 health centers and through our telehealth program to enable more individuals to access care.
During November 13 through 19 join us in celebrating Transgender Awareness Week, an observance dedicated to raise the visibility of transgender and nonbinary people and address issues that members of the community face. At PPHP, we believe that no one’s humanity or dignity are up for debate. Transgender people are our patients, staff, and supporters, and we are proud to stand together, providing high-quality care and education, no matter what.
One way to show up for trans individuals is by educating yourself on how to be an ally. Here are ways you can support someone who's trans: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/gender-identity/transgender/how-can-i-support-someone-whos-trans.
If you need more information about our Gender Affirming Care program or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.pphp.org or call 800-230-PLAN (7526) today.
Our Education &Training team has had a busy fall season so far. We launched two Teen Information and Peer Education (TIPS) programs in Westchester and Rockland. Our Westchester TIPS participants officially finished their TIPS training period and graduated from their cohort. A total of eight TIPSters from Riverside High School in Yonkers graduated. They are now fully versed in PPHP’s sexual and reproductive health curricula and will now begin co-facilitating with our educators. Our Rockland TIPSters will be graduating in December.
Our team is also busy with English and Spanish education programming in all four counties we serve. We are currently doing programming in collaboration with the following community partners: Riverside High School, Ramapo High School, Pace University, White Plains High School, Mount Vernon High School, Rochambeau High School, Abbott House, Mercy College, Boys and Girls Club of Bellport, HELP Suffolk, Central Islip High School, West Islip High School, Strong Youth Suffolk, Sachem Library, and PROS of Suffolk. We are excited to connect with our youth community partners through reproductive health education throughout the Fall and Winter!
On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health relating to a ban on abortion at 15 weeks in Mississippi. The state of Mississippi is asking the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the landmark decision—along with its successor Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey—“grievously wrong, unworkable, damaging, and outmoded.” If the Court does not overrule Roe and Casey, Mississippi asks that it, at a minimum, reject viability as the constitutionally significant line for abortion restrictions, and uphold the ban.
Jackson’s Women’s Health is the sole provider of abortion in Mississippi and has won in lower courts that this ban on abortion is unconstitutional. New research from Planned Parenthood Federation of America and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda found that 26 states could move to ban abortion, jeopardizing access for over 36 million women, trans men, and non-binary people. That’s nearly half of all women of reproductive age in the United States.
For too many people, abortion is already a right in name only because of barriers to access. That’s especially true for Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities in the South and Midwest. At Planned Parenthood we will continue to fight these bans on abortion and I know I can count on your support in these efforts.
Given that we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be organizing busses from our area to travel to Washington, DC. However, there will be a national virtual event on December 1 that you can participate in with supporters from across the country. The event details are being finalized and will be shared shortly. Thank you standing with Planned Parenthood and all abortion providers across the country as we fight these unconstitutional laws and bans on our bodies.
Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on November 30! As you know, Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving when we show thanks for the nonprofit organizations working so hard in our communities, organizations like PPHP.
There will be more information coming soon through emails and posts on our social media accounts. We appreciate your continued support of our health care services, education programs, and advocacy efforts!
A monthly gift to PPHP ensures security for patients in your local communities. Consider joining our Monthly Giving Program today at www.pphp.org/donatetoday.
Double your impact! Does your employer have a matching gift program? Check with your Human Resources Department to find out. For questions, contact the Development Department at [email protected].
Committed to safeguarding the future of reproductive health care? Consider leaving a legacy gift to PPHP in your will. Please contact the Development Department at [email protected].
Do you have a little bit of time to get more involved? Visit www.pphp.org for ways you can help.
PPHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Meera Shah: