By Lila Rose
Published June 29, 2011
I would dearly love for PP to go out of business, because all people had good, accessibly priced access to all of their services. Seriously. I strongly believe that the model of care in which a person can go to their PCP to get quality health education, education about the proper use of and failure rate of a wide variety of contraceptives, prescriptions at reasonable prices for those that want them, urogenital health screens including PAPs and dyspareunia, STI screening and treatment, and not feel stigmatized.
I have never been to PP as a patient. I have seen many people go to PP to get pap smears or condoms or IUDs, or to find out what that rash really is - and feel totally stigmatized, because the protesters outside seem to think that each and every one is there to terminate a pregnancy. Having the kinds of health care that PP provides marginalized to these standalone clinics not only makes for all kinds of silly problems with patient access, it allows these clinics to be targets of unnecessarily restrictive legislation, it can make staffing patchy, and forces the patient to duplicate their health history - when their PCP already has it in toto, and that might change treatment decisions.
I have rotated through primary care offices which offered abortion care (as a miniscule part of the total care they offered all their patients) and it was a thoroughly superior way to treat a woman, with great counseling and followup inherent, good pregnancy prevention. PP sends all post-termination patients home with a solid future contraceptive plan physically in hand, but they are then often lost to followup.
As long as these services are not generally available, or are priced out of range, we will need these standalone clinics.