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Calling all Reproductive Justice activists in the Ocean State!

With all the shake ups at the Rhode Island State House we don’t want to take anything for granted. We invite you to join our 100 Day campaign to Stand with RI Women! We’re looking for volunteers to phonebank on Mondays and Wednesdays from now until the end of RI legislative session and help with community canvasses to send patch through postcards to RI legislators.

Please, sign up for a shift and get involved! Next phonebank is Wednesday, April 16!  [bit.ly/ppvrivolunteer]

Why is it important to get yourself tested?

STD screening may not be dinner table talk, but if came up, would you know how to handle it? Everyone who is sexually active should be tested for STD’s at some point—but which tests, and when, depend on your personal risk factors. Most STD’s are curable, and all of them are treatable.

Get yourself tested. Call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) to schedule an appointment. 

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

April is here and we’re starting the celebrations for Volunteer Appreciation Month!! We want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you. Our work would truly not be possible without all of your leadership, support, and participation. 

Meet Judy G., escort crew volunteer at our Providence health center. Thank you Judy for all you do to keep women safe!! #PPSNELovesVolunteers!


We know you’re pretty amazing, but unfortunately, you’re not invincible, no matter how many capes you own. Today is the last day folks! Come and get free in-person help at 1229 Albany Ave, Hartford, CT. We’ll be there 10:30am to 6:30pm. Questions? Call us: 203-285-8325. #GetCoveredNow!!

Like to take risks? You better be prepared.

Last chance to get affordable health coverage. Open enrollment ends TODAY! Come and get free in-person help at our last enrollment fair in Hartford, CT. Join us at 1229 Albany Ave, Hartford / 10:30am-6:30pm / Questions? Call us at: 203-285-8325.

Happy First Day of Spring!

After a long Winter, we hope the first day of Spring brings new hope, health, and happiness to all of you who fight hard for progressive change!

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF WOMEN’S HEALTH!!

Calling all reproductive justice activists! Now’s your time to stand with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island and the RI Coalition for Reproductive Justice and be heard.

Some of our legislators must be confused.  They keep putting in bills that look more like Texas, not Rhode Island.  Some of their Rick Perry wanna be bills include mandating ultrasounds prior to abortion, using fetal heartbeats to insinuate personhood and banning commercial insurance from covering abortion in the state health exchange. 

But it’s not all bad news, the RI Coaliton for Reproductive Justice has seven bills that reverse restrictions and spousal notice laws put on the books decades ago, that restore funding for abortion and protect sensitive health information for women at Crisis Pregnancy Centers.  

Please, join us Tuesday March 11 at 4:30pm.  Stand up and say enough is enough.  Rhode Island politicians need to keep their hands off women’s health! Spread the word!

In support of bill SB 126, an Act Concerning Children’s Exposure to Chemicals, Planned Parenthood Votes! CT intern, Samantha Fonda, speaks at public hearing at the State Capitol. 

Thanks Samantha for your testimony! You and all our young activists make us proud!

Ten Little-Known Facts About Condoms

1. When it comes to HIV, using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom.[1]

2. There is no medical reason why someone can’t use a condom.[2] Even people with latex allergies can use them — there are latex-free condoms made of polyurethane and polyisoprene.

3. Condoms have been around a long, long time.  The earliest known illustration of a man using a condom is a 12,000–15,000-year-old painting on the wall of a cave in France.[3]  

4. One in four acts of vaginal intercourse is condom-protected in the U.S. It is one in three among single people.[4]

5. People who use condoms feel their experiences are just as pleasurable as people who don’t.[5]

6. Ninety-three percent of sexually active American women aged 15–44 have had a partner that used a male condom.[6]

7. Condom availability in places of need around the world is increasing significantly, with 25.8 million female condoms provided through international and nongovernmental funding sources in 2009. Condom distribution increased by 10 million between 2008 and 2009.[7]

8. The condom is one of the most accessible and inexpensive forms of birth control available. The cost of condoms is as low as $0.04 per unit.[8] 

9. The vast majority of American teens (68 percent of females and 82 percent of males) use a condom the first time they have sex.[9]

10. Only 39 percent of American high school students are taught how to correctly use a condom in their health classes.[10]  Programs that teach young people about abstinence as well as contraception, including condom use, help youth to delay first sex and use condoms and other forms of contraception when they do have sex.[11]

NOTES:

[1] Carey, Ronald F., et al. (1992). “Effectiveness of Latex Condoms as a Barrier to Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Sized Particles under Conditions of Simulated Use.”Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 19(4), 230–234. [2] Hatcher, Robert A., et al. (2007). Contraceptive Technology, 19th revised edition, pp. 302. New York: Ardent Media. [3] Parisot, Jeannette.  Johnny Come Lately:  A Short History of the Condom, 1985.London: Journeyman Press Ltd. [4] Findins from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7 (Supplement 5). [5] Sanders, Stephanie A., et al.  (2010). “Condom Use During Most Recent Vaginal Intercourse Event Among a Probability Sample of Adults in the United States.” The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7 (Supplement 5). [6] Mosher, W.D. and J. Jones. (2010). Use of Contraception in the United States: 1982–2008. Vital and Health Statistics, 23,(29), Table 1. [7] UNAIDS. (2010). Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010. Geneva: UNAIDS. [8] UNAIDS. (2010). Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010. Geneva: UNAIDS. [9] Abma, J.C., et al. (2010). “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2008.”Vital and Health Statistics. 23 (30), Table 14. [10] CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010)., “HIV and Other STD Prevention and United States Students” Atlanta, GA: CDC. [11] Kirby, Douglas. (2007). Emerging Answers 2007: Research Findings on Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. 

Valentine’s Day marks the start of National Condom Week!

This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re going on a date or having a night out with friends, make sure you bring condoms. It’s always best to be prepared! 

And whenever you need condoms, go to your nearest Planned Parenthood health center and pick some up!