BY LAURA ELLSWORTH
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette operates one health center in Vancouver, providing care to about 7,000 patients per year. 95% of that care is preventive and includes family planning visits, cancer screenings, and STI testing.
Less than 3% of the services provided are abortions. Planned Parenthood is also Clark County’s only Title X Provider, which is our nation’s family planning funding program that covers services like annual exams, cervical cancer screenings, and birth control.
Planned Parenthood is a great place all women to go for timely visits where they can leave their appointment with their birth control method in hand. It is a place for quality, non-judgmental, affordable reproductive health care, where all people can go regardless of their ability to pay.
Family planning funding and Planned Parenthood itself are always under attack from extreme anti-choice politicians. We have a strong and active advocacy team of volunteers here in Vancouver, and are always looking for new supporters and volunteers. We engage in grassroots advocacy activities like phone banking, doorbelling, health center advocacy, and tabling at different fairs and festivals throughout the year. We also attend legislative hearings and citizen lobby days in Olympia, and meet with elected officials at the State Capitol and at local town halls. Our goal is to identify our supporters in the community and to bring them in to our advocacy work so that our ability to provide services and our patients’ access to care is protected.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you are interested in showing your support and Standing with Planned Parenthood, please contact Laura Ellsworth, Regional Field Organizer at Laura.Ellsworth@ppvnh.org