Planned Parenthood to add staff to guide women through abortion hurdles
Category: #health  By Pankaj Singh  Date: 2022-06-15
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Planned Parenthood to add staff to guide women through abortion hurdles

Abortion rights group Planned Parenthood is reportedly expanding its staff network to help or guide women through an increasingly complex and high-cost process to obtain an abortion across the United States.

As per reports, Planned Parenthood regional affiliates are hiring more "patient navigators," who would assist patients in finding abortion appointments and obtaining financial assistance for travel, childcare, and medical expenses.

According to abortion providers and organizations that help cover abortion costs, several people with abortion-related costs would likely need such assistance, should the Supreme Court overturn the federal right to abortion. Twenty-six states have reportedly declared their intent to ban abortions, which means women there could potentially have to travel hundreds of miles to find an abortion clinic.

However, reproductive health organizations are rethinking their approach in light of a radically changed abortion landscape in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood's affiliate in Great Plains, which operates clinics in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma, hired Angela Huntington in September as its first patient navigator. According to Huntington, Planned Parenthood is a great network system that works throughout the country.

A Texas law preventing abortion after six weeks of pregnancy led to more women from Texas traveling to other states for abortions, Huntington said, which encouraged the Great Plains affiliate to develop a formalized network.

According to sources, Megan Jeyifo, the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund stated that Planned Parenthood's Illinois and St. Louis affiliates are now communicating almost daily with the Chicago Abortion Fund to discuss the increasing number of cases requiring assistance.

Likewise, the fund is an opportunity to form relationships with new abortion providers to facilitate the opening of more clinics for the accommodation of more patients. Jeyifo added that the organization needs more support for this initiative to form an ecosystem in order to provide the best care patients need.

Two years ago, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an organization that represents providers of abortions in the United States and provides financial assistance to patients, doubled its case management staff as new state restrictions complicated patients' access to abortions.

Source credit: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/planned-parenthood-builds-staff-network-help-us-women-navigate-abortion-hurdles-2022-06-13/



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