March is Women’s History Month- The History of Planned Parenthood and Their Work in Empowering Women

This Month is Woman’s History Month and to honor this glorious occasion I want to highlight the  courageous and impeccable work that Planned Parenthood does for millions of men and women all over this world. It is truly mind-blowing to see the impact this organization has for those who can not access good quality reproductive health.

Some States about Planned parenthood today…

  • Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. .
  • Planned Parenthood has 79 independent local affiliates that operate nearly 800 health centers throughout the United States, providing high-quality services to women, men, and teens.
  • Planned Parenthood often is the only source of family planning for a large proportion of the women we serve.
  • Nearly three million women and men in the United States annually visit Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers for trusted health care services and information.
  • Eighty percent of Planned Parenthood health care clients in the U.S. are age 20 and older.
  • One in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life.
  • Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 76 percent of our clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.
  • Planned Parenthood services help prevent more than 584,000 unintended pregnancies each year.
  • Planned Parenthood provides nearly 770,000 Pap tests and nearly 750,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.
  • Planned Parenthood provides more than four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
  • Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.
  • Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs to more than 1.1 million young people and adults each year.
  • Planned Parenthood has more than six million activists, supporters, and donors working for woman’s health and safety and our fundamental reproductive rights.

My Experience: When I went to have the IUD inserted @Planned Parenthood, I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone spoke to highly of the organization, which made me feel a little less nervous and uncomfortable about the procedure. The receptionist was very polite [hard to fine in NYC], and the registration process went smoothly. Before I went in for the procedure I met this lovely counselor, who to the best of her ability tried to reassure the procedure would be safe. I guess she could tell I was nervous. She was very enlightening and knowledgeable, but at the same time very funny. A little after 15minutes with my lovely counselor, I was called in by what they called “The IUD Lady”, my thought was that she does this sort of thing all the time. And that’s exactly correct, she inserts IUD’s all day everyday which made me feel a lot less stressed and more certain that I was in good hands. The procedure was PAINFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [NOT THE CAPITOL BOLD LETTERS AND LONG EXCLAMATION POINTS]. Aside from the pain, there was nothing painful about my day at Planned Parenthood. Ms. IUD Lady was friendly and even though I was in an uncomfortable position 😉 she still managed to keep me calm, peaceful, and entertained. When I return for the follow-up, most likely it will me another memorable experience.

It’s experiences like these that keep women and men coming back to Planned Parenthood for the reproductive and sexual health care. Can you believe that people actually want to cut the funding to this great organization? It is disheartening to know that many politicians, religious leaders, and civilians want to stop the practice of this essential institution.

As we honor Planned Parenthood this month, lets honor them for their historical impact on woman’s rights and praise them for the remarkable work and the continue to support them as they continue to better the lives of men and women all over the world.

Take a look at this video!~ Planned Parenthood through out the years.


Source:
Planned Parenthood

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One thought on “March is Women’s History Month- The History of Planned Parenthood and Their Work in Empowering Women

  1. I just finished studying different forms of contraceptives for an exam I took this morning. I thought I would share some of my ‘new’ knowledge:

    IUD
    -barrier/hormonal contraceptive
    -99% effective when used correctly
    -copper IUD: effective for 10 years
    -hormone IUD: effective for 5 years

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