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.
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.


The pandemic, the protests, and why racism endures as a public health crisis

By: Ylonda Gault

My daddy used to say: When America gets the sniffles, Black people catch pneumonia. My dad didn’t invent the saying but he used it to explain everything from the war on drugs to the 1990s national recession. Even as a child I knew what he meant. In other words, the country’s history of institutional racism and unjust policies make every part of Black life — including economic growth, fair housing, health care access and more — exponentially harder than it is for others. …


I’m Thuy, a female, Asian-American college student at Tulane University. My parents are Vietnamese immigrants who never attended college and always worked in the labor market. They’ve always stressed to me, “Work hard to get a degree, don’t get distracted, focus, and study hard.”

Growing up, I lived as an American teenager by day and a Vietnamese daughter by night. That cultural tension left me struggling to understand my own personal ideals and values. As I got older, I wanted to explore my romantic life, just like anyone else. I worried though that (I would be met with judgement) it…


The COVID-19 pandemic means lots of people are physically isolating or sheltering in place to help stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities. But it also means many people are trapped at home with abusive partners or family members, and face increased violence. Since the beginning of the global pandemic, reports of domestic violence are on the rise in the U.S. and across the world.

There’s never an excuse for abuse of any kind. Being stuck at home, job losses, and financial stress are difficult to deal with. …

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