Come Support Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific!
Sexual health is an essential part of creating sexual pleasure and there’s no organization that brings that to so many people as Planned Parenthood. We’re proud to be supporting three different Planned Parenthood affiliates through our GiVe program and 100% of your donations will go directly to them. We’re also hosting a store tour and fundraiser for PP Shasta Pacific (12/6 7 pm at our Downtown SF store) , PP Mar Monte (12/13 5 pm in Oakland), and PP Massachusetts (12/13 6 pm in Brookline).
The lovely folks at Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific sat down to answer some questions about what they do. Come meet them on December 6 and help make sure this amazing organization can continue to bring health care to so many people who need it.
1) Planned Parenthood affiliates offer many more services than people are generally aware of. What are some of the services you offer your clients?
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific’s mission is to insure all people have access to affordable, quality health care no matter what. Our doors are open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. 97% of PPSP’s services are preventive health care services such as birth control, STD testing and treatment, breast and cervical cancer screenings (Pap test), prenatal care, annual well women exams, HIV testing, among others. PPSP offers both medication and surgical abortion care (3% of our services). We also provide confidential, nonjudgmental reproductive and sexual health counseling and education. PPSP operates 21 full service health centers and eight additional health services sites in 17 Northern California counties including San Francisco, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Sonoma and Napa.
2) In today’s political climate, PP is often attacked and scapegoated. How has that affected your work? What impact has that had on your clients?
That last two years have seen an unprecedented frenzy of wrong-headed attacks on our ability to provide essential women’s health services– most of which have absolutely NOTHING to do with women’s health. But women and our supporters have fought back to a historic degree– and as 2012 comes to a close, we can truly say we feel more support than ever, thanks to them (and you!). And although the extremists came close, they have not succeeded in limiting services, especially here in California. We were actually able to expand access to birth control in our state this past year through the Timely Access to Birth Control Act, thanks to a state Legislature and Governor who get it, and our network of activists who kicked into gear when we put out the call. The attacks won’t stop anytime soon, but we feel confident that our doors will continue to be open for every client in need, no matter what.
3) We know that sexual health and sexual pleasure are interrelated, although the connections between them are often ignored. Why is that, and what can we do about it?
Sexual pleasure and sexual health are interrelated. For a variety of reasons, the connection between pleasure and health is ignored. The biggest reason, which is probably not at all surprising to folks who work at PPSP and GV, is due to culture. Most of us have been taught to not discuss sexual pleasure, especially women’s sexual pleasure. This topic remains tremendously taboo even in the safest of spaces such as among friends and with healthcare providers. Many healthcare providers themselves feel comfortable to ask about intimate details regarding sexual partners and sex acts, but do not cross the line into conversations involving pleasure. We know that when sex is pleasurable it is safer and vice versa. In fact, for many people, when sex is safer it can be more pleasurable because they are not worrying about potential risks like STIs or unintended pregnancy. If we want to foster a truly sexually healthy society we can no longer ignore this connection. At Planned Parenthood we embrace a sex positive framework in providing sexual and reproductive healthcare and education. We know that in order for someone to be a sexually healthy person, we need to acknowledge and include all elements of sexuality – including pleasure. One step everyone can take is to begin conversations about sexual health and pleasure with our partners, our health care providers, and even our children. Also, partnerships like the one between Planned Parenthood and GV is another great way to bring together two sides of the sexuality field – prevention and pleasure.
4) Good Vibrations is proud to support PP through our GiVe program. But if people want to donate to PP directly, where should they go?
To contribute to Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific (PPSP) directly, you can donate online. When you reach the landing page, select the drop-down menu next to organization. Under California, please select Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific. Fill in your contact and payment information and submit your contribution. You can also send a check to:
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific
c/o Development Department
2185 Pacheco Street
Concord, CA 94520
To contribute to our hard-hitting political efforts, you can donate directly the Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund (PPSPAF)*. You have the option to donate online or send a check to:
PO Box 1116
Concord, CA 94522
If you have any questions or would like to make your donation over the phone, please call (925) 676-0505 Ext. 5385. Thank you for supporting Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific!
* For donations to our political arm only – Due to the expressly electoral and advocacy nature of PPSPAF activities, contributions are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes. PPSPAF cannot accept contributions from businesses or labor unions. Your contribution may be used for political purposes, such as supporting or opposing candidates. Employer and occupation information is required for all gifts of $100 or more.