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"I want to thank Mom, Dad, my coach... and my IUD." 

That's from a great article in today's Huffington Post.  Author Laura Stepp laments that she didn't hear those words in the many interviews with women who medaled in the London Olympics. It was an historic Olympics for women.  Women represented 44 percent of all Olympic athletes; women represented the majority of the United States team, and women outmedaled men for the United States, Russia and China. 

Here in the U.S. the Title IX program had a direct impact in these Olympics. And so did birth control.  These women, no doubt, relied heavily on contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies and to plan parenthood, so they could achieve elite athletic status in a myriad of sports.  The typical U.S. woman wants two children so she'll spend five years pregnant and about three decades on birth control trying to avoid a pregnancy. Olympic Moms weren't just in the stands they were on the fields of competition.

Birth Control is basic health care. That's why we shouldn't put up barriers to women accessing reproductive health care. Unfortunately, that's what politicians in Texas have been doing but you can do something about it. Sign this petition started by a Planned Parenthood client in West Texas. She's asking state officials to hold a public hearing on a rule that bars Planned Parenthood from the proposed Texas Womens Health Program.


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Join the teenREACH team

teenREACH will be hosting its first meeting of the 2012-2013 year Friday, August 17 from 1pm to 3:30pm.

If you are a teen or know a teen between the ages of 13 and 19 that would like to join the 6.0 team RSVP to by 5pm Thursday.


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Party Like A Rock Star

HOUSTON'S A-LIST showed it can Party Like A Rock Star at our signature Young Professionals event last Saturday night at the House of Dereon. CultureMap's Shelby Hodge captured the "coolness factor" of the event on video, their first to be premiered on GREAT DAY HOUSTON. Chairs Lauren & Michael Reeder with Events Guru Lisa Benitez continued thirteen years of rockin' good fun with more than 300 guests raising about $55,000. "Stevie Wonder Woman," "John Lennon," "Alice in Chains," "Adele" and other Rock Stars represented out-front support for access to reproductive health services including birth control and STI testing, as well as comprehensive sexuality education and advocacy at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast! Special thanks to Underwriters and Sponsors Jim Petersen, Jr., the Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Canopy & Shade, CultureMap Houston, Eatsie Boys, El Gran Malo, Paulie's, Pondicheri, Silver Eagle & Bud Light, and T'afia.


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NO/AIDS Walk - New Orleans supporters

Mark your calendars for the NO/AIDS Walk on Sunday September 23rd in Audubon Park!  This event is put on by the NO/AIDS Task Force which has been serving men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Southeast Louisiana for over 27 years.  We'll share more information about the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast walk team in the coming weeks.



Sex Education for Professionals

Professionals need sexual and reproductive health information to help themselves, as well as their clients, live sexually healthy lives.  Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast announces Sex Education for Professionals- a series of workshops that explore sexuality across the lifespan.

The series will begin on September 19th:
The Biology of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Explore the anatomy of love as well as the physiology of our sexual and reproductive organs and tissues, the biology of orgasm and an update on contraception and sexually transmitted infections. Learn about MRI brain scans and  research on hormones that have changed what we know about the way we love and respond to one another.

Click here for more information or to sign up for one or all of the workshops.


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Save the Date - Leading the Way Gala

Saturday, October 6, 2012 

Honoring Nancy and George Peterkin, Jr. 

Co-chaired by                                                                                               
Diana Strassmann & Jeff Smisek and Anne & Albert Chao

Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street

Click here for more information

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Over 120 VOX college students, volunteers and staff from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma attended the 2012 Planned Parenthood Regional Youth Policy and Organizing Institute (YOPI)at Prevention Park. The attendees learned about grassroots organizing, telling their story and using their voices.
Planned Parenthood Young Leader's Party Like A Rock Star captured on film by photographer Patrick Bertolino.

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