Planned Parenthood - Caring for the El Paso Community
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas creates healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based sex education programs, and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive access in Texas.
Planned Parenthood patients benefit from the full range of essential, reproductive healthcare services, including: testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, screenings for breast and cervical cancer, birth control (including IUDs and implants), emergency contraception, abortion referrals, LGBTQ+ services, HIV testing, as well as PrEP and PEP HIV prevention medication. Nearly 3,100 visits were made to Planned Parenthood last year in El Paso. Our non-judgmental services are available to those who count on us. Whether we provide services in-person or through telemedicine, we are here providing care. No matter what.
Community health educators answer questions about sexual and reproductive health 7 days a week through Planned Parenthood’s national chat/text program. In 2020, over 500 people in El Paso relied on this service to get answers to questions about sexual health in real time. Trained health educators are also conducting online education sessions, such as the “how to be an ask-able parent.”
This year, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) – one of the most extreme abortion restrictions in the country. Texas’ abortion restriction law bans abortions at approximately 6 weeks, before many people even know they are pregnant.
While we are complying with Texas’ abortion ban, we are not backing down. We are challenging the ban in the courts to ensure Texas patients have access to abortion. Advocates for Planned Parenthood are continuing to connect with supporters on this and other advocacy issues.
Addressing the Needs of the Paso del Norte Community
In El Paso, 20.9 percent of people are without health insurance and the poverty rate is 20 percent. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has served as a critical entry point into the healthcare system for thousands of uninsured or low-income patients in the Paso del Norte community. Typically, more than half of the patients served through our health centers are uninsured or have an annual household income below 200% the federal poverty level.
Your support of Planned Parenthood is critical to providing access to essential reproductive health services and sex education, as we deliver these services for many vulnerable patients, students, young adults, and parenting adults. We know that communities are healthier when they have access to affordable, accessible reproductive healthcare services and education. In providing access to essential reproductive health services and sex education, you expand access to healthcare, reduce negative reproductive health outcomes, keep patients out of emergency rooms, as well as improve health equity.
Planned Parenthood recognizes that systemic and institutional racism is a public health crisis. Adverse health outcomes occur more frequently among people of color and people with lower levels of income. We seek to reduce these disparities by increasing access to essential healthcare so that patients of color can get care regardless of insurance standing, income level, documentation status, who they are, or who they love.
Fighting Texas’ extreme abortion ban and continuing to provide support for patients seeking abortion requires funding and we need your help! Make your gift today to support immediate needs directly related to Texas’ extreme abortion ban, including:
* Legal compliance and litigation
* Travel assistance for patients forced to leave Texas
* Pregnancy tests so patients can detect pregnancies as soon as possible
* Contraception, including emergency contraception offered to all patients
* Healthcare staff to connect patients with the resources and support to access abortion safely and legally
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Hear from Patients in El Paso!
“I love that Planned Parenthood has a video appointment option. It saves time in my busy schedule.”
“When I couldn’t get any medical help with my cervical cancer scare, Planned Parenthood helped me get what I need to check it out and continued to help me afterward.”
“I found a lump in my breast and didn’t have insurance. I needed to get checked out and referred for services. Planned Parenthood came up in my search as a place I could go and get help. I ended up needing two biopsies, and ultimately was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m so thankful I was able to get a breast exam and a referral for services that I needed at a time when insurance wasn’t an option for me.”
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