For over ninety years, Planned Parenthood (PP) has supported specific healthcare and preventive care services for women. The organization offers reproductive healthcare information and healthcare services, information for young people, men and women worldwide as well as sex education. This system helps people make responsible decisions about health, family planning and sex.
There are currently 83 locally governed affiliates of Planned Parenthood across the United States, operating nearly 800 health centers targeting the various needs in the communities they serve. The focus falls mainly on preventive primary care that reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Testing, treatment, planning and screening for various types of cancer are also available.
This system is also powers the reproductive health and rights movement. They advocate for policies that allow Americans to get access to sexual healthcare and reliable information. There is current support for the introduction of free birth control in health insurance policies, according to the federal legislation act that will kick in from August 2012. Four million activists, donors and supporters nationwide get involved in PP campaigns to protect women’s rights and health.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America also includes an Action Fund that engages in educational and electoral activity. As part of the Fund’s activity we ought to mention legislative advocacy efforts as well as public education campaigns. The Planned Parenthood is an independent and not-for-profit organization even if it functions as a political branch for the Planned Parenthood Federation.
Planned Parenthood is affiliated with numerous women’s groups and family planning institutions and independent providers in developing countries. Poverty, the absence of basic services, war and oppressive politics block individuals’ access to essential sexual and reproductive healthcare information. Planned Parenthood has solid collaborations with organizations in Asia, Latin America or Africa to support education and healthcare.
This kind of contribution indirectly generates improvement in local communities worldwide, both in terms of health and social education programs. Fighting for more rights and access to basic healthcare represents an important part of the activity that Planned Parenthood takes part to in less privileged parts of the world.
Hopefully, things will gradually improve worldwide, for women’s health and sexual education. And the benefits deriving from such improvements touch on the well being of entire communities. Reliable reproductive information leads not only to a control of unwanted pregnancies and abortions, but it also to helps reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases that plague modern mankind.