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Today, September 15, marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month! We invite you to celebrate this amazing community by registering to vote for the upcoming general elections in November 4: 

Make yourself heard! 

¡Hoy comienza el Mes de la Hispanidad! Te invitamos a celebrar esta maravillosa comunidad y a registrarte como votante para las elecciones generales del 4 de noviembre: 

¡Házte escuchar ya!

After the SCOTUS decision today on Hobby Lobby we truly are disappointed. But if this case teaches us something is that we can’t take any battle for granted. We MUST keep the fight on! We have to keep watching our elected officials like hawks. Stand with the 157 million women and girls living in the U.S. Stand with Rhode Island women. Head to to get involved.

TAKE ACTION! This is about our health and our lives. This is about our fundamental right to have control over our own bodies. This is about justice — and we’re fighting back. #JoinTheDissent.

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two corporations who argued that they should not have to provide insurance coverage for their employees’ birth control (as required by the Affordable Care Act) because of the business owners’ personal religious beliefs.

It’s unbelievable that in 2014, we’re still fighting about whether women should have access to birth control. Some politicians want to get rid of the birth control benefit entirely and take away coverage from millions of women. To the majority of Americans, birth control is not a controversial issue. Birth control is basic health care – and it’s only a ‘social issue’ if you’ve never had to pay for it. 


It’s National HIV Testing Day!

DYK: Young people aged 13 to 24 accounted for 26% of new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2010.

If you are sexually active, you should get tested. Getting tested for HIV is quick, simple, and painless. Rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes from just a swab inside the mouth. 

Find a clinic close to you and get the test today! 

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day!

In the United States, more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. Rates of HIV remain a major concern in this country, particularly among young people and in specific communities. Get tested today! Our doors are open to everyone, and we’re here for any questions or concerns you might have.

Stop by your local health center and get tested today. 

Women should be able to make carefully considered, private medical decisions without judgment from strangers and abusive and physically threatening protesters. 

We are extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court has failed to uphold this essential public safety measure. But the fight is not over! We at Planned Parenthood are taking a close look at this ruling, as well as patient protection laws around the country, to ensure that women can continue to make their own health care decisions without fear of harassment or intimidation.

BREAKING!!! Today, the US House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote an amendment that will extend abortion coverage to Peace Corps volunteers who are raped during their service. Share the news! 

The US Supreme Court will be making a decision on the Hobby Lobby case anytime this week. Take a look at this handy chart that Planned Parenthood and UltraViolet put together to show what the Court could decide and what it would mean for women’s reproductive health and rights. SHARE widely please!

This June, as we celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, we take a moment to recognize the historic strides advocates in the African American community have made in advancing the health and well-being of members of the LGBTQ community. 

This is the amazing Laverne Cox, American actress, reality television star, television producer, and an incredible LGBTQ advocate! She’s currently best known for portraying Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”.