Planned Parenthood

When individuals think of Planned Parenthood, pregnancy termination and free condoms are first to come to mind. However, Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of services for men, women, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) community, such as STD screenings, HIV testing, and general and reproductive health care. For free or low cost, patients can receive numerous services and information on how to either start or prevent having a family as well as reproductive health. Many people are shocked to find out that Planned Parenthood offers general health care such as anemia, cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and thyroid screenings. Although, these services are only offered as a part of a routine gynecological exam for women and after seeing a urologist for men if necessary, general health care is still vital for everyone. For women, they can receive mammograms, reproductive cancer screenings, pap tests, etc. while men’s services include vasectomies as well as screenings and treatment for sexual transmitted infections such as chlamydia. Regardless of a patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals can safely turn to Planned Parenthood for appropriate, high-quality health care without judgement. For members a part of the LGBTQ community, Planned Parenthood provides education, support, and sexual and reproductive health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex patients. Services such as hormone therapy for transgender patients are offered as well as recommendations to support groups. Instead of interviewing an employee at Planned Parenthood since at the time, they were busy, the employee gave me helpful websites with the statistics of the agency as well as a detailed list of services provided. According to the PDF version of the expense sheet entitled “By the Numbers” on the Planned Parenthood website, Planned Parenthood has been providing education, information, and services to women, men, and the LGBTQ community for ninety-seven years to promote responsible choices about sex and reproduction. From the Planned Parenthood expense sheet (2014): “The number of individuals worldwide provided with sexual and reproductive health care and education by the agency each year are 4,665,000. To breakdown the figures, the number of these people served by Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers in the U.S. is 2,840,000. The number of people served by affiliate educational programs are 1,100,000. And the number of people served by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)-supported partners in 10 developing countries is more than 725,000.” Planned Parenthood is an impactful agency on the individuals the agency proudly serves. In fact, Planned Parenthood receives most of its federal funding from Medicaid reimbursements for preventive care, and some from Title X. Title X ensures that everyone, regardless of where they live, how much money they make, and whether or not they have health insurance, have access to basic, preventive reproductive health care. With the help of Medicaid and Title X, families can easily receive services. Planned Parenthood cares deeply about the health of others and since the agency deals with health, a credible medical degree is required for doctors. Specifically, gynecologists, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and other licensed medical professionals must have at least a bachelor’s degree. As for the front desk employees, the qualifications are just like any other job. These qualifications include providing excellent customer service, assisting with the customer’s needs, and meeting the basic language and educational standards such as being fluent in the language as well as being able to read and write proficiently. Yes, I would recommend Planned Parenthood to others because this agency’s primary focus is not about terminating pregnancies. In fact, Planned Parenthood is beneficial for individuals either attempting or preventing to start a family as well as individuals who need information and/or treatment regarding their reproductive health. Although conservatives and other people who are “pro-choice” boycott Planned Parenthood, this organization is a great asset to society and the people who boycott the establishment are uninformed or closed minded. Planned Parenthood is a safe space for teenagers who may or may not be a part of the LGBTQ community, adults without health care or insurance, women with cervical and breast cancer, and individuals with STD’s and HIV. Parenthood, P. (2018). Title X: Affordable Birth Control and Reproductive Health Care. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/health-care-equity/title-x Parenthood, P. (2017, January 05). How Federal Funding Works at Planned Parenthood. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/how-federal-funding-works-at-planned-parenthood Parenthood, P. (2018). Our Services | Affordable Healthcare & Sex Education. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-care/our-services Parenthood, P. (2014, January). By the Numbers. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/9313/9611/7194/Planned_Parenthood_by_the_numbers.pdf

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