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.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, which has created a public health crisis. Advocates for Planned Parenthood are mobilizing supporters on this and other advocacy issues. It is more important than ever for the Paso del Norte community to have the information and healthcare needed to prevent unintended pregnancy and take care of their reproductive health.
Over 3,000 visits were made to Planned Parenthood last year in El Paso. Our expert, trusted healthcare services are available to those who count on us. In-person and through telemedicine, we are here providing care. No matter what. Planned Parenthood patients benefit from affordable, accessible healthcare services, including:
• preventive exams,
• birth control (including IUDs and implants),
• pregnancy options education,
• post-pregnancy care,
• testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs),
• screenings for breast and cervical cancer,
• HPV vaccines to prevent cervical cancer,
• PEP and PrEP medication to prevent HIV,
• gender-affirming hormone therapy,
• and more.
Community health educators are available to answer questions about sexual and reproductive health 7 days a week through Planned Parenthood’s national chat/text program. In 2021, thousands of people in El Paso relied on this service to get answers to questions about sexual health in real-time. Online and in-person education workshops in English and Spanish are also available across the community.
We are here, our doors are open; and with your help, we are doing what we do best: providing essential healthcare and education and advocating for our patients.
Addressing the Needs of the Paso del Norte Community
In El Paso, 20.9 percent of residents are without health insurance, and the poverty rate is 20 percent. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is an essential critical entry point into the healthcare system for thousands of uninsured or low-income patients in the Paso del Norte community.
Texas ranks 7th for the highest teen pregnancy rate and has the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy in the nation. Yet, each year, more than 3.7 million Texas students do not receive even basic sexual health education, and of those that do, 58.8% of sex education is abstinence-only. Abstinence-only programs have not been proven effective at lowering teen pregnancy or STI rates. (advocatesforyouth.org)
Your support of Planned Parenthood is critical to providing access to essential reproductive health services and education. We deliver these services to many marginalized patients, students, young people, and parenting adults. In providing access to essential reproductive health services and sex education, you expand access to healthcare, improve reproductive health outcomes and advance health equity.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas affirms that healthcare, education, and the right to self-determination are fundamental human rights, that should not be determined by a person’s race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, physical abilities, documentation status, geographic location, or income. Adverse health outcomes occur more frequently among people of color and people with low incomes. We seek to reduce these disparities by increasing access to essential healthcare so that all community members can get the care they need.
Lift up El Paso. Lift up healthcare. Lift up the Planned Parenthood mission – Care. No matter what. Your gift will change lives!
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