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Planned Parenthood just got a huge donation that will make IUDs and STI testing way more affordable

Posted by on Aug. 4, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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Planned Parenthood just got a huge donation that will make IUDs and STI testing way more affordable

People with uteri, rejoice!

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has received a $2 million donation to fund long-acting reversible birth control and sexually transmitted disease testing for disadvantaged women.

While the Planned Parenthood branch hasn't released information on what criteria will qualify women for these services, a statement obtained by Jezebel said the funding will "significantly expand access to contraceptive equity and healthcare screenings for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex."

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The Boone Family Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation each donated $1 million, which is enough to cover the cost of birth control and STI testing for 1,000 women in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area over the next three years.

"We are delighted that these donations will enable Planned Parenthood's health centers to continue to reduce barriers to health care, especially for uninsured and low-income women, by providing essential health care and birth control to women throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex," Ken Lambrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, told The Dallas Morning News in a statement.

The donation comes at a contentious time for Texas women's health.

In 2013, Texas passed a law that required clinics providing abortions to include unnecessary restrictions for clinics providing abortions, which effectively shuttered half of the abortion clinics in the state.

After Texas created its own Women’s Health Program and defunded Planned Parenthood, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that prescriptions for long-acting contraceptives including IUDs and implants fell nearly 36% in 23 Texas counties where Planned Parenthood clinics were defunded.

Prescriptions for the birth control shot fell 31% and the rate of women who got the shot on time fell from 57% to 38%, while other counties saw a nearly 4% increase from 55%. Texas lawmakers denounced the study shortly after its publishing in February of this year.


Aug 3, 2016 12:33 PM

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has received a $2 million donation to fund long-acting reversible birth control and sexually transmitted disease testing for disadvantaged women.

While the Planned Parenthood branch hasn't released information on what criteria will qualify women for these services, a statement obtained by Jezebel said the funding will "significantly expand access to contraceptive equity and healthcare screenings for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex."

The Boone Family Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation each donated $1 million, which is enough to cover the cost of birth control and STI testing for 1,000 women in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area over the next three years.

"We are delighted that these donations will enable Planned Parenthood's health centers to continue to reduce barriers to health care, especially for uninsured and low-income women, by providing essential health care and birth control to women throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex," Ken Lambrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, told The Dallas Morning News in a statement.

The donation comes at a contentious time for Texas women's health.

In 2013, Texas passed a law that required clinics providing abortions to include unnecessary restrictions for clinics providing abortions, which effectively shuttered half of the abortion clinics in the state.

After Texas created its own Women’s Health Program and defunded Planned Parenthood, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that prescriptions for long-acting contraceptives including IUDs and implants fell nearly 36% in 23 Texas counties where Planned Parenthood clinics were defunded.

Prescriptions for the birth control shot fell 31% and the rate of women who got the shot on time fell from 57% to 38%, while other counties saw a nearly 4% increase from 55%. Texas lawmakers denounced the study shortly after its publishing in February of this year.

While the Supreme Court found the 2013 law unconstitutional in June, governor Greg Abbott and other pro-life advocates are still leading the fight against women's health.

Just days after the Supreme Court decision, Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission proposed new rules that would require abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains.

"Governor Abbott believes human and fetal remains should not be treated like medical waste, and the proposed rule changes affirms the value and dignity of all life," Abbott's spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said in a statement to The Texas Tribune.

Leaders in both donating foundations have a history of championing women’s health care.

Boone Family Foundation board member Cecilia Boone is a former chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of North Texas Action Fund. In 2007, the Harold Simmons Foundation committed $50 million for the construction of a women and infant’s health facility in a Dallas hospital.

"Planned Parenthood is a trusted provider of health care in our communities, and we're proud to partner with Planned Parenthood for such a transformational program," Boone said in a statement. "Each time a Texas woman has expanded access to health care and education, regardless of her ZIP code, income or insurance status, it is a win for public health and for our communities."

The donation will go into effect in September at the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Revelist has reached out to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas for a statement.

by on Aug. 4, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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Schauseil
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:06 PM
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This is awesome!
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:12 PM
That's very generous, thank you to the donor!
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM
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Are you ok?

Quoting Marylane0408:

OrangeBalloon
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:36 PM

I think that's wonderful. 

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Awesome!

algorithmnation
by on Aug. 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Very good news.

Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 3:10 PM
$2m only covers 1,000 women for 3 years or is that 1,000 women a year for 3 years (3,000 women)?

Outside of that question, YES!! Great news.
LGAll65
by on Aug. 4, 2016 at 3:59 PM
That's good news !
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 4:01 PM
I'm scurred to push play 😬😬 Where'd this come from and what is it?

Quoting LauraKW: Are you ok?

Quoting Marylane0408:

billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 4:04 PM
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I guess they really don't need those federal funds when a donor can drop 2 millions dollars.
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