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2022 Media

At Roe v Wade anniversary, Planned Parenthood considers big changes possible in abortion rights

"Oregon has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, unlikely to change anytime soon. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon are keeping an eye on developments, as are clinics and referral centers of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. PPSWO Chief Strategy Officer Amy Handler and Medical Director Martha Reilly join us for an update."



As a healthcare and educational organization striving for reproductive justice, not just reproductive rights, we stand with The Movement for Black Lives. In saying ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we commit ourselves to looking inward, naming the work we need to do, and rooting out injustice in our reproductive healthcare system. 

2021 Media

Opinion: Oregon isn’t immune to reproductive oppression

Opinion article by Lisa Gardner and Anne Udall. Gardner is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. Udall is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.

"While Oregon is a leading state for reproductive freedom, the fight is far from over, even within our own borders. For example, 23% of Oregon women live in a county without an abortion provider."


Senator Ron Wyden Hosts Abortion Rights Rally in Eugene

“We are going to stand up and pushback every step of the way until everywhere in this country makes sure that there's a right to legal and safe abortion."

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden hosted a rally outside of Eugene's Planned Parenthood on Tuesday to speak out against the recent tightening of abortion restrictions in states like Texas...


Oregon abortion rights “not chiseled in stone,” advocates warn

Lisa Gardner is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. She said she can’t think of a time that women’s reproductive rights were not under attack, somewhere.

“We have a long history in Oregon of protecting these rights,” she said, “but, I also want to make sure that people listening understand that it’s not chiseled in stone that this will be the case forever.”


Planned Parenthood's Sex Education Programs In SW Oregon

Ruby Bebekian and Amy Handler from PPSO visit to talk about what they teach, and what they learn back. They also discuss new avenues of outreach necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Oregon AG says $5.1 million Boston Scientific settlement to fund women’s programs

In October 2020, AG Rosenblum reached a settlement of $5.5 million with Johnson and Johnson, which included a donation of over $3 million to five non-profit medical clinics that provide health care to women in Oregon, including Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon ($825,000) and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette ($925,000).


Telemed and sex ed: Planned Parenthood during COVID-19

As Oregon nears one year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many services have been modified or canceled. Planned Parenthood is not one of them and continues to offer healthcare and sexual education opportunities, while managing the effects of COVID-19 in the state.


2020 Media

Coronavirus Fallout Affects Family Planning

Planned Parenthood, which provides family planning for many low-income Oregonians, has also been affected by the pandemic. Already under a financial strain from a cut in federal Title X funding, the nonprofit has had to delay  some services like annual checkups. But it’s still providing abortions, which are time sensitive.


Planned Parenthood Goes Virtual With Health Services

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has implemented a way for people to receive sexual and reproductive health care--remotely.

The organization has launched a “telehealth platform” so patients can call in and receive a link to connect !virtually! by phone or secure video. Then they may access such services as birth control prescriptions and refills, HIV meds, all options counseling or treatments for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI.)


Planned Parenthood chapters across Oregon are helping patients through telehealth services

Planned Parenthood's Southwestern Oregon chapter continues to help patients with telehealth services.

In a press release, they said that they are doing so because "this ensures, even in this uncertain time, our patients can access high-quality, affordable healthcare services - no matter what."


Oregon US Senators Denounce "Unfair Rush" To Seat A New Supreme Court Justice

Oregon Democratic US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were in Eugene Saturday voicing their concerns over what they say is an "unfair rush" to seat a new Supreme Court Justice.

Senator Wyden spoke to an audience at Planned Parenthood. In denouncing his Republican colleagues. He said "they're doing this even as most Americans believe the winner of the presidential election should be the one to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice.


Barriers for Birth Control

On July 8, the Supreme Court ruled in Little Sisters of the Poor vs Pennsylvania that employers with moral or religious obligations may limit or exclude themselves from providing affordable or free contraceptives in their employees’ insurance plans. People who use birth control may find themselves restricted from obtaining affordable contraceptives if their employers decide to apply for this exemption. Government officials have estimated that the effects of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania could leave as many as 125,000 women without contraceptive insurance coverage. 


2019 Media

Federal judge sides with Oregon in imposing national injunction against Trump administration rule change

A U.S. District Court judge on Monday sided with Oregon to stop a Trump administration rule change on reproductive health care from going into effect.

The policy shift would have required clinics providing reproductive health care services to low-income people across the country to physically separate any abortion services, including discussions about abortions, from the rest of the clinic.


AMA, Planned Parenthood challenge Trump family-planning rule

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon, the AMA and Planned Parenthood asserted that the new rule violates a congressional mandate that patients receiving information about their pregnancies through Title X must receive complete, unbiased information about their options. 


Oregon To Sue White House Over Limits On Abortion Providers

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced they plan to file a 21-state lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s proposed changes to Title X family planning funding. That federal program provides reproductive health services like contraception to millions of low-income Americans.


Oregon had the most-encompassing case against the gag rule

Oregon had the most-encompassing case against the gag rule

Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and others held a press conference Monday afternoon to praise U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane’s issuance of a nationwide injunction against a family planning regulation from the federal Department of Health and Human Services that would have taken effect May 3. McShane called the regulation a “Gag Rule” that would prohibit medical professionals from discussing abortion options with their patients and referring them to an abortion provider.

2018 Media

Planned Parenthood voted Best of Eugene!

In a country where health care has been typically seen as more of a commodity than a human right, we’re extremely lucky to have organizations like Planned Parenthood. And you all seem to agree by voting it the Best Nonprofit in Eugene. Along with providing services like contraceptives, gynecological check-ups and testing for sexually transmitted infections, Planned Parenthood does a lot of outreach and education about sexual health.


Youth Against 106

Here’s what we have to say: Voting “yes” on Measure 106 means saying no to our ability to make our own decisions about our own bodies. M106 takes away a person’s ability to make medical decisions based on their income or health care coverage.


Governor Brown Joins Growing Opposition to Trump's Domestic "Gag Rule"

Oregon Governor Kate Brown joined 13 other governors across the country in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule, which would make it illegal for healthcare providers to refer for abortion and impose new restrictions intended to block patients from Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control.


2017 Media 

Part 1: Sex education in Oregon: is it working? 


Part 2: Sex education in Oregon: is it working?


Local Business Honors International Women's Day without Marching or Rally


Supporters Of Planned Parenthood Will "Pink The Night Out"


Reproductive Health Equity Act Report 


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