Why Is PPAA Involved in Arizona Politics? →
The Legislative session recently began, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona expects challenges similar to those we saw last session. If we are a reproductive health care and education provider, why do we get so involved in politics? Wouldn’t we be better off saving our resources? PPAA’s president Bryan Howard recently explained why Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is so...
Pro-Choice Book Club: Abortion In the Days Before... →
For as long as people have been practicing medicine, rudimentary as it might have been for most of history, people have been performing abortions. In the United States, abortion was outlawed in the mid-1800s, the reason being that the procedure was too dangerous; before then it had been legal until quickening. This rationale dissolved as techniques improved and the procedure, when...
Back Up Your Birth Control →
NEW: Death of a Bill, Birth of an Activist →
Who is testifying against the spate of anti-choice bills in Arizona? Regular people like you and me. Read a first-hand account from one of them: I have wanted to give back to Planned Parenthood for a long time. Not having much monetarily to share, I have given what I could over the years, yet still felt a need to do more. When I read about HB2838, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks, even in...
Pro-Choice Book Club: Histories of Oral... →
Hormonal birth control has an incredible history that stretches back almost a century, when Margaret Sanger wrote of her dream of a “magic pill” in 1912. In the ensuing decades, scientists were busy piecing together the complex system of the body’s “chemical messengers,” hormones, and when they learned how to synthesize them in the ’40s, Sanger’s dream was but a few steps away from...
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education: April is... →
fuckyeahsexeducation: April is STD/STI awareness month and I have a plan to celebrate it. Sometime next week I’m going to call my local Planned Parenthood and get all of their information on testing and schedual to get tested hopefully on the first of April. I’ll tell you how it goes and… Many Planned Parenthood affiliates have discounted STI screening during April in observance of STD...
If abortion and birth control become illegal
prolongedeyecontact: bebinn: deathbysharpie: What will happen: sex What won’t happen: safe sex What will happen: abortion What won’t happen: safe abortions Can’t put it much more simply than that. #TRUTH
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education: Things... →
sexreeducated: There are no reliable tests for Herpes. So whenever you go in to get a screening, know that unless you are actively having an outbreak there isn’t anything to test No HPV screening exists for men. Unless there is a visual inspection or a biopsy of the wart. Chlamydia,…
NEW: The Short History of Our Right to... →
Today is the 40th anniversary of Eisenstadt v. Baird! This was an incredibly important Supreme Court decision. Our rights to contraception are not only shaky at times, but also not long established. When people think of celebrities like Marlon Wayans, Cameron Diaz, or Maya Rudolph, old age is probably not what comes to mind. However, what they have in common is that they were each born in...
ATTENTION ARIZONANS! We need your help NOW! →
The fight against women’s health continues and we need to put the pressure on! You still have the power to help stop these dangerous, anti-woman bills, some of the worst this legislature has ever proposed. The Arizona Senate will be hearing HB2036 tomorrow, March 22, and we need you to send a strong message as soon as possible. Call Senate President Steve Pierce immediately, and click here to...
Expanding Options for Male Contraception →
Males: Think condoms and vasectomy are your only choices for contraception? You would not believe some of the space-age contraceptive devices and techniques being developed!
An Internship With a Purpose →
A Look Into the Face of Planned Parenthood →
Marianne is Here Because Sex Ed Matters
I believe in Planned Parenthood. I believe in reproductive freedom, the right to choose, medically accurate sexuality education for all people, access to all reproductive medical care options and, especially, freedom from harassment for women who make that choice. I am here for Planned Parenthood because I remember my high school years. I grew up in Santa Monica, California and I was educated in...
Dr. Taylor Explains Why She Stands With Planned... →
Dr. DeShawn Taylor is the medical director of Planned Parenthood Arizona. Dr. Taylor has been part of the Planned Parenthood family for seven years. I caught up with Dr. Taylor to ask her about her role at Planned Parenthood Arizona and her inspiration for becoming a reproductive-health provider. READ THE INTERVIEW HERE:...
is a cure for HIV infection a possibility? →
In 2006, an HIV-positive man was diagnosed with leukemia. First he received chemotherapy, and when the cancer returned his doctor recommended a stem-cell transplant with tissues obtained from a bone-marrow donor. After finding an unusually high number of compatible donors, his doctor, Gero Hütter, had a simple idea that would change the course of HIV research. Dr. Hütter knew of a rare genetic...
A Celebration of Life: Arizonans Observe National... →
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). Started in 2007, NNHAAD is focused on promoting HIV education, prevention, and testing among Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, a former professor at the University of Arizona who is now director of Indian Health Service, has called NNHAAD a day to “celebrate our...
ATTENTION ARIZONANS! Your Reproductive Rights Hang... →
The political assault on women’s health care that has overwhelmed America in recent weeks is reaching a climax in Arizona THIS week. No less than six bills that will make it harder or even impossible to get various women’s health care services are being voted on in committee hearings in these five days. Every one of these bills is poised to become law if we don’t fight back NOW and LOUDLY. The...
Amanda is Here Because Women Deserve Better Than...
“She heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors. They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore. God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes. ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose.” I remember hearing those Everlast lyrics one day when I was a teenager. My thoughts were very different then, but I...
The Genius of Cecile Richards →
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards heard whispers that the Susan G. Komen foundation would stop funding Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings from an anti-choice blog in early December. But she shrugged it off as the kind of bullying rumor that often circulates in her world. (Until Planned Parenthood, she says, “I had never worked with an organization where there were people that...
"The Utah Senate debated only 53 seconds Thursday... →
keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus: [NB: More people than just cis women will be affected by this law.] That is the first line of The Salt Lake Tribune’s write up of this disgusting law, which now looks poised to be signed by Utah’s governor. A similar law passed in South Dakota but has been held up in courts. In response to the passage of that law, NARAL posted this piece in 2011 about what a 72hr...
STI Awareness: Trichomoniasis →
Protozoan organisms are microscopic and unicellular, like bacteria; unlike bacteria, their cell structures more closely resemble that of the so-called “higher” life forms such as animals and plants. While protozoa are considered to be “animal-like,” they are not animals at all – they are single-celled organisms that reproduce asexually. When certain types of protozoans get into your...
Pro-Choice Medical Students Demand Increased... →
The July 18, 2010 issue of The New York Times Magazine has an informative article titled “The New Abortion Providers,” which puts the spotlight on upcoming doctors and the need to include abortion-care training in medical school curricula. As the article points out, in 1973 more than 80 percent of the nation’s abortion facilities were located within hospitals; by 1996 more than 90 percent of...
NEW: STI Awareness: Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea →
You’ve probably heard of MRSA, which is pronounced “mersa” and stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — a strain of bacteria that has acquired resistance to methicillin, as well as pretty much every other antibiotic to boot. MRSA is an example of evolution by natural selection — what didn’t kill its ancestors made them stronger, spawning a drug-resistant strain. Why are we...
STI Awareness: Syphilis →
When syphilis first descended upon Europe, it was seen as a new plague, and anxiety and blame coalesced around this mysterious scourge. Was it a punishment from God? Was it introduced by a hated Other? Was it caused by the stars’ alignment or the presence of “bad air”? The panic it provoked foreshadowed the hysteria that surrounded the emergence of HIV in the 1980s, as syphilitics were...
Cytomegalovirus and Molluscum Contagiosum →
Many well-known STIs, such as herpes and HIV/AIDS, are caused by viruses, but this article focuses on two lesser-known viral STIs, cytomegalovirus and molluscum contagiosum. READ MORE: http://blog.advocatesaz.org/2011/11/08/sti-awareness-cytomegalovirus-and-molluscum-contagiosum/
NEW: How to Hone Your Baloney Detector →
We have written before about bogus STI cures — some unscrupulous dietary-supplement companies make false claims about their products’ alleged abilities to cure STIs. It is important to be able to read between the lines when evaluating the claims made by dietary-supplement manufacturers. Are they providing you with evidence, or merely with advertising? The FDA has a list of signs of false...
Women’s History Month: Thank Goodness for The... →