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California Roe v. Wade Event Wrap-Up

This year Roe v. Wade anniversary events were held all across the state, ranging from rallies to luncheons to discussions to dinners and more - learn about the events and see photos.

Roe v. Wade 42nd Anniversary

It’s been 42 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy includes her right to abortion. Since then, abortion opponents have been working tirelessly to chip away at access to safe and legal abortion by passing one restriction after another.

CA Women’s Policy Summit: Advancing Women’s Health, Wealth & Power

More than 500 women from across California converged on the Sacramento Convention Center this week to participate in the California Women’s Policy Summit, sponsored by the California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF).

PPSBVSLO Announces New CEO!

The Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties Inc. (PPSBVSLO) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenna Tosh, Ph.D. as President & Chief Executive Officer, effective February 9. Jenna Tosh will replace long-time president Cheryl Rollings, who retired in November 2014 after twenty-five years of service.

Investing in Medi-Cal infrastructure is CRITICAL

Health care providers like Planned Parenthood face “fiscal cliff” due to antiquated reimbursement rates and record number of new Medi-Cal patients.

2015 Women's Policy Summit

The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF) is proud to partner once again with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. PPAC is co-sponsoring the 2015 Women’s Policy Summit – and will participate in the first Women’s Health Policy Fair.

Our New Year's Resolution

There are so many options out there when it comes to setting your resolutions for the New Year. Like most of you, we here at PPAC are thinking about what we want to accomplish in 2015. But when it comes down to what Planned Parenthood patients need the most, it becomes clear what our resolution should be for the New Year: make sure Californians can access the care they need.

January 2015 Events!

Many events are occurring across California in January, many of them focused around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in 1973. Learn more about these events and go attend the closest one to you!

Holiday Reading List!

Looking for something to sitting down with a good book and a cup of tea during holiday break? We recommend these two recently published books and look forward to reading the third when it’s released this coming February. Enjoy!

Repro Health News Roundup!

With all the #Stormaggeddon talk about #Hellastorm making landfall in California, you were probably too busy running for cover from the rain and watching out for floods to read up on the latest Reproductive Health news this week!

Fighting for Fair Treatment for Pregnant Women – the Young vs. UPS case!

Pregnant workers should be treated fairly! The Supreme Court heard arguments this week on Young vs. UPS – an important case on pregnancy discrimination.

World AIDS Day: What It Would Really Take to Achieve the #WorldWeWant

We have come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS: worldwide, the number of people who are newly infected with HIV has dropped by 38% since 2001. Globally there were still 2.1 million new infections last year alone, and 22 million people living with HIV are still not able to access lifesaving treatment. We must prioritize prevention and treatment – we can and must do better!

Bucking the trend in California – and other reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s only fitting to look back on 2014 and remind ourselves of what we are thankful for this year. And there is so much to be thankful for in California as we continue to move forward public policy protecting and expanding women’s health and elect pro-women’s health champions!

LARC Awareness Week - #LoveMyLARC!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a LARC?!? Wait… what is a LARC? LARC stands for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive – methods that are considered LARCs include the IUD (like Skyla, Mirena, or Paragard) and the Implant. These methods are incredibly effective at preventing pregnancy.

Thanks, Birth Control! Learn about the #ThxBirthControl campaign.

What’s been your experience with birth control? Share your stories as part of today’s #ThxBirthControl outreach on social media!
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Planned Parenthood protects and defends women's access to a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion services. Decisions about childbearing should be made by women, their families, and their doctors — not by politicians. In order to make an informed decision, women need access to all reproductive health care options and should have the right to obtain safe, legal abortion services without interference from the government.

Planned Parenthood works to protect every woman’s right to make her own decisions about childbearing, and access to services plays a critical part.

Birth Control - Contraception

Access to contraception is critical to public health as part of basic health care. Providing birth control and emergency contraception is 40% of what Planned Parenthood health centers do in California. Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies and enables women to more effectively plan when and if they become pregnant.

Human Trafficking

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex. If you are a victim of human trafficking or you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1(888)373-7888.

Sexual Health Education

Planned Parenthood works with the federal and state governments to ensure access to real sex education programs. These programs give young people the comprehensive, medically-accurate, unbiased and culturally competent information they need to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

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