Planned Parenthood

By Dave Muoio April 12, 2018
Lending an ear. Planned Parenthood recently announced that it’s Chat/Text program, which connects young people with sexual or reproductive health questions to trained health educators, has facilitated more than one million text or instant message conversations. The program is designed to offer personalized guidance in the form of a live, responsive conversation and, according to data presented in...
By Heather Mack March 23, 2017
The Idaho State Senate has voted to amend legislation that banned the use of telemedicine to prescribe medications that induce abortion, a move that comes just two months following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood condemning the prohibition. House Bill 250 was passed 28-7, repealing a pair of telemedicine bills that worked together to outline overall telehealth policies in...
By Heather Mack February 6, 2017
Overall, Utah lawmakers want to promote the use of telemedicine in the state. But a new piece of legislation seeking to modernize various telehealth rules in the state also has another goal that has catapulted the bill into a debate: prohibit the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication to induce an abortion. Introduced by Republican Representative Ken Ivory, the amendment bill HB 154 mainly...
By Heather Mack January 24, 2017
The state of Idaho will no longer ban women from using telemedicine to receive abortion-inducing medication, following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands had filed a federal lawsuit in December 2015 to overturn two Idaho telemedicine laws that contained restrictions to women seeking abortions, claiming that...
By Aditi Pai March 29, 2016
Planned Parenthood has launched a new app, called Spot On, that helps users track their period and manage their birth control. Spot On allows users to track their flow; monitor their symptoms, like fatigue, cramps, bloating, and stomach aches; record their daily activities, like travel, exercise, and nutrition; and log their mood. The app also offers users discreet birth control reminders and...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2015
During a campaign stop in Iowa this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted the importance of telemedicine, Politico reported this morning. The entire speech is available from Clinton's campaign, but here's the relevant passage: "And we also need to do better on health care. Decades ago, I led a commission on rural health in Arkansas that worked on increasing access in remote parts...
By Aditi Pai June 23, 2015
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California launched an app, called Planned Parenthood Direct, that helps people order confidential STD testing kits, which arrive through the mail. This feature was also added to another Planned Parenthood app that serves Minnesota and Washington. The new app will alert users via secure message with their results and if they test positive, the app will also help...
By Aditi Pai September 24, 2014
Planned Parenthood has launched a pilot program for a service that prescribes birth control to women via video visits, powered by American Well, and then sends them either the pill, the patch or the ring through the mail. The video visit service is available online and via an iOS or Android app, called Planned Parenthood Care, but only for residents of Washington state and Minnesota. In a...
By Neil Versel February 28, 2013
Teenagers love to text. Teenagers and young adults have a lot of questions about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases. So it only makes sense that those who wish to disseminate information and help answer those questions would find a lot of value in text messaging. Young people have a lot of the same questions about sex and sexual health as in years past, but the means of engaging...