A new abortion ban in Texas called S.B. 8 went into effect September 1. The law bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy — which is before many people know that they’re pregnant. This means that if you live in Texas and you need an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy you have two options: travel out of state to get your abortion or carry your pregnancy to term against your will. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

The law also targets people who help you get an abortion after six weeks in Texas — like your doctor…

Sept. 1, 2021

You have a constitutional right to abortion in Texas and all 50 states. But as of Sept. 1, most people in Texas won’t be able to get an abortion because of a new, extreme law that bans abortion around 6 weeks of pregnancy — before many people even know they’re pregnant. Texas already has far too many abortion restrictions that make it difficult to access safe, legal abortion in the state. …

Juneteenth, June 19, is a day of jubilee and remembrance. Its roots go back to June 19, 1865, when — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed Black people from slavery — Black people in Texas finally got the news. You read right: it took over two years for all Black people across America to learn that they were finally free

Juneteenth celebrates the humanity of Black people and the community’s indomitable spirit. It is also a time for rest, reflection and solidarity. …

Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Global

Dawn Laguens, Interim Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global

It’s been a humbling year to be an American. COVID-19 laid bare the gaps in our public health system. We’ve been humbled by our long-overdue nationwide racial reckoning. And we were horrified by the sight of a violent, white supremacist mob attacking the seat of our government. …

During a pandemic, “safer sex” takes on additional meanings. The hard truth is that a year later, COVID-19 is still here and may be getting more contagious — so it’s more important than ever to take actions that care for yourself and your partner(s).

Safer sex is self-care.

When the world is more stressful than usual, taking care of yourself is extra-important. Intimacy and sex can be important parts of a healthy life. There is power in orgasms! They can help reduce stress, improve sleep, relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension, and make you feel good — all of which…

We stick together. We show up. We listen. We talk about safer sex.

Photo: © Getty/Tim Robberts. Model not real Planned Parenthood patient.

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — an observance created in 1999 to raise awareness about HIV prevention, education, testing, and treatment for Black communities. While there have been advancements in each of these areas over the past few decades, there is still work to be done.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black Americans make up 13% of the US population, but 42% of new HIV diagnoses. It’s clear that there’s a real disparity in access to health care and HIV prevention methods…

I was 12 when my 17-year-old brother died. He was not shot by police or targeted by white supremacists, but racism killed him.

Richard had bipolar disorder, and our family relied on Medicaid for health care. After a brief stay in one of very few mental health facilities that accepted Medicaid in Chicago, he became extremely ill with a high fever and trouble breathing. We took him to the hospital, where he was not tested or x-rayed. Instead, he was given an inhaler and told to take ibuprofen. When his condition worsened, we went back to the ER, where staff…

The Catholic university I went to gave me a diploma. But when I needed birth control — something just as important for my future — I was on my own. For me and for a lot of people who go to religious universities, this is a common experience. And after the recent Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania, my experience could become even more common. And that’s not good for anyone.

In July, the Supreme Court ruled that universities and employers can deny students and employees health insurance coverage that would allow them to get birth control. This means…

As health care experts, we know racism is a public health crisis. Public health is built on the principle of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. Police violence against communities of color is antithetical to that mission.

Multiple Public Health Crises

As our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the public health crisis of racism must also be addressed. COVID-19 is disproportionately ravaging the health and economic stability of the Black community.

  • The country’s underinvestment in Black and Latinx communities has led to less access to health care and dramatic health care disparities.
  • The effects of these disparities can be heard…

Planned Parenthood — in solidarity with patients, staff, and supporters — stands with the Movement for Black Lives’ call to defund the police. Defunding the police means investing less in militarizing police forces and investing more in community-based solutions, education, and health care.

From slavery 400 years ago to present-day attacks by police, systems of white supremacy have imposed imposed a public health crisis on the lives and safety of Black people. Today, there are far too many examples across the country of police officers strong-arming and killing Black people. Yet certain lawmakers want to continue pouring money into weapons, training, and systems that allow officers to commit violence without consequences. It’s time to shift our priorities.

Instead of investing in systems that brutalize Black communities, elected officials must prioritize public-health approaches that strengthen Black communities.

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