As the region’s premier provider of family planning and sexual health care, we believe everyone has a right to decide whether, when, and how many children to have, and the ability to raise their families safely and with opportunity. Access to birth control, abortion care, and science-based health education are essential for sexual and reproductive health.
We also recognize that health care alone is not enough. Planned Parenthood South Texas is committed to speaking out in support of our patients and what they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. To that end, we work with community partners to advocate for gender equality, racial equity, LGBTQ+ equality, health care reform, immigrant rights, voting rights, environmental and climate issues, and economic justice. When it comes to changing the world for the better, we truly are stronger together.
Voices from the community:
Planned Parenthood South Texas knows that access to health care alone isn’t enough for our patients and their families to create the lives they want. We partner with a number of community organizations who work to advance progressive causes that affect the lives of our patients. We asked them to reflect on the results of the 2020 election and what they expect for 2021. Here are their responses. All views and opinions are those of the authors.
This grassroots organization provides asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border with basic necessities such as food, hygiene kits and clothes and helps with travel logistics and transportation. The all-volunteer group has received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. In 2019, PPST secured a Latino Community Investment Grant to support their work in welcome new immigrants to the U.S.
This multi-service organization, which has been serving Brownsville for more than 60 years, provides food, clothing and other essentials for low-income and homeless residents. In 2019, PPST used funds from a Latino Community Investment Grant to support their work with asylum seekers and new immigrants.
The Center serves the local LGBT community through a variety of services, such as support groups, peer mentoring, events, and training for allies. Planned Parenthood South Texas and the Center co-hosted a an event in 2019 to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, LGBTQ History Month, and National Coming Out Day.
Founded by labor rights activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the nonprofit builds stronger communities along the South Texas/Mexico border. In 2020, PPST partnered with LUPE, a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, to promote census participation in the region.
Founded in 1977, Friendship of Women promotes the safety, health, and the overall well-being of adults and children in Cameron County impacted by family and sexual violence. FoW operates an emergency shelter and a sexual assault hotline, provides counseling for survivors of assault and violence, and runs educational programs to prevent family violence and sexual assault. In 2020, PPST and FoW recorded a virtual sex-education and consent workshop for youth groups.