Under a new law that went into effect this summer, minors who are seeking to bypass their parents’ consent to get an abortion are essentially put on trial. The state is allowed to appoint a lawyer for their fetus and call witnesses to testify about the teenager’s character.
California has officially banned the forced sterilization of female inmates, following the signing of SB 1135, Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Thursday. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, a fact which invokes shock that forced sterilization wasn’t already prohibited, and that prisoners will technically have to wait three months for the guarantee of basic reproductive freedoms.
California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being prosecuted as prostitutes merely because they're carrying condoms. The police practice of targeting for arrest those in possession of multiple condoms undermines critical efforts to help this vulnerable population avoid sexually transmitted diseases, advocates for sex workers argue.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a strict anti-abortion law in Texas, which will shutter all but eight (or fewer) abortion clinics in the state. The law at issue, H.B. 2, requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals, that women having medication abortions make multiple visits to a doctor, and that abortions be performed in hospital-style ambulatory surgical centers. It also makes abortions after 20 weeks mostly illegal.
A fifth Planned Parenthood health center closed in Wisconsin on Thursday due to state budget cuts that directed family planning money away from Planned Parenthood. The Fond du Lac clinic did not provide abortion services.
This February, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota invites you to be your own
Valentine. Love your body by taking good care of it!
Every year, National Condom Week takes place the week of Valentine’s Day. National Condom Week reminds us to always practice safer sex. Did you know, when used perfectly, the male condom is 98% effective, but the way most people use them makes them 82% effective? Make sure you use them properly every time!
Young people ages 15 – 24 account for half of all new STIs, and over the past decade Chlamydia rates have risen nearly 90% in Minnesota. Because many patients will not experience any symptoms from a STI, screenings are an important facet of safer sex practices. Planned Parenthood’s highly trained staff are experts in sexual health. Over 63,000 patients a year visit this region’s local Planned Parenthood for confidential, non-judgmental services such as STI screening, pregnancy testing and birth control supplies, including condoms.
Planned Parenthood’s 4NOW program provides condoms, STI screenings, birth control and more at no cost to eligible women seeking birth control services in Minnesota. Planned Parenthood accepts most forms of private insurance, and has payment options to meet everyone’s needs!
Planned Parenthood wishes you a healthy, happy Valentine’s Day!
-Kelly, Web Correspondent, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, chances are you’re solidifying plans and laying out the perfect outfit to welcome in 2012. Maybe you’ve gotten tickets to a party or started a to-do list for the one you’re hosting. Perhaps you’re thinking about laying a kiss on someone at midnight. We’re here to remind you to add birth control back up to that list.
If you can text your grandma on New Year’s, there’s a good chance wilder things can happen…and unless you want New Year’s 2012 following you around (for the next 18 years), you should be prepared.
A multinational survey has revealed an increase in unsafe sex among young people across borders as diverse as France and Egypt, Reuters News Agency reports. The study, which was sponsored by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and several NGOs, was part of an initiative for World Contraception Day and surveyed young people from 26 countries.
Those interviewed in the article repeatedly attribute the findings of the survey with the vast and varied barriers that prevent teenagers from accessing critical information about sexual health and contraception.