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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Medication Abortion to be Offered at Springfield Health Center

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is committed to making sure that a full range of reproductive health care services is available in Illinois. As a health care provider in Springfield for over 35 years, Planned Parenthood knows that the women of that area need access to a wider range of services closer to home. That's why PPIL is pleased to announce that in the coming months we will begin offering medical abortion services at our Health Center in Springfield.

See today's article in the State Journal-Register here.

After a careful assessment of the needs of patients and the community, PPIL decided to expand services to include medication abortion so that women will have more choices available to them. Expansion of medication abortion to the Springfield Health Center will provide access for women who would otherwise have to travel 100 miles or more for care.

Each year PPIL provides more than 10,000 health care visits for Springfield area residents. In Fiscal Year 2009, the Springfield Health Center administered more than 994 pregnancy tests. Twenty-eight percent of these were positive.

Sangamon County is home to some of the highest birth rates, including teen birth rates, in Illinois. Nearly half of all pregnancies in Illinois are unintended. And many of the women who come to the Springfield Health Center and find out they are pregnant request help in obtaining abortion services.

Unfortunately, there are only four abortion providers in downstate Illinois - one in Peoria, two in Champaign (including PPIL's Champaign Health Center) and one in Granite City. The travel and time required by going to another city can be a challenge for many women who already face barriers to accessing health care. This is particularly true for low-income women who do not have the financial resources for transportation. The women of the Springfield area deserve better.

For more information on Planned Parenthood health services, visit this link. To find a health center closest to you, click here.

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