This month for Organization of the Month, we honor Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is an organization that has been helping women gain access to the information and care they need in order to live healthy lives for the past 100 years. This organization is also one of our top resources to whom we refer our callers – whether a youth may be worried if they or their partner are pregnant, or if a youth wants to know more information about their bodies and the contraceptives that are available to them. Planned Parenthood provides the best information to callers. They also offer high quality, affordable medical care.
One in five women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in their life.
We are proud to be paired with such a prestigious organization because of their mission statement, “A Reason for Being”, and their commitment to being inclusive to all backgrounds and cultures. There are around 650 health centers nationwide that we are able to connect youth to who contact us. The organization also has a user-friendly website that provides extensive information for people who may need to find the closest health center to them or to learn more about their own health.
One of our liners, Michelle Vos, who has been a line for three years and two months and is a past NRS staff member, currently works at Planned Parenthood and provided us with the statement below:
I am proud to be a liner and take calls to 1-800-RUNAWAY. I am also proud to work for Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). At both organizations, I work with young people who are unsure of what their legal rights are regarding their own bodies and their own healthcare. NRS callers have shared with liners the positive and negative reactions they’ve received when speaking up about gender identity and transitioning. PPIL provides cross-hormone therapy in a non-judgmental and supportive manner respecting preferred pronouns – NRS follows these same principles. My role at PPIL doesn’t involve directly interacting with patients, but we all have our patient’s best interests in mind in every facet of this organization. At PPIL we are very vigilant of patient needs and make sure to counsel patients who might be experiencing violence, PPIL refers to this as IPV – Intimate Partner Violence. As a liner, this is referred to and discussed as domestic violence or teen dating violence. At NRS’ hotline, and PPIL, people reach out for different reasons and each person is treated with respect, compassion, and non-judgmental care. Both of these incredible organizations strive to ensure safety in a non-sectarian and empowering manner and I am proud to be involved with both of them.
We are proud to announce Planned Parenthood as our December Organization of the Month and thank them for all the work they do for youth across the country. We encourage our readers to visit their website and see the amazing work that is available to people in need.