Planned Parenthood programs are derived from six basic values deemed essential for women’s health and self-determination.
Planned Parenthood: Basic Values
6 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE VALUES
1. Each woman has the right to decide if and when to have a child. This right requires access to a variety of birth control options for women to be able to plan their pregnancies and determine their family’s future.
2. Doctors must be allowed to help women decide on medical care based on medically accurate information and up-to-date medical practices, not on political agendas or religious restrictions.
3. Affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care should be available regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, employer, where a woman lives, or where she comes from. State laws than ban private insurance coverage for abortion and hinder Medicaid expansion serve only to deny people access to needed health care.
4. Everyone should have access to sex education programs that provide the reliable, accurate information needed to make responsible decisions and maintain good health.
5. Women seeking abortions or other reproductive health care services must be kept safe from coercion, intimidation, violence, or harassment, using state laws that acknowledge this safety issue and provide adequate funding.
6. Victims of sexual violence should have access to compassionate health care without delay, judgment, or government interference. Planned Parenthood believes that state laws that force survivors to have ultrasounds or permit hospitals not to offer emergency contraception to rape victims, should not be allowed to stand.