All women have concerns when it comes to reproductive health, but for Latinas, the lack of access to quality health care has an impact that will be felt for generations. Planned Parenthood is working to reverse such trends by empowering members of the community with reliable health care and information.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Not ready to be called Mamá? Four in ten Latinas will become pregnant before the age of 20 and Latina teens are 1 ½ times more likely than their white non-Latina peers to have a repeat teen birth. Planned Parenthood is addressing this issue on all fronts, whether it’s ourpeer-to-peer educational programs, or those programs designed to help parents talk to their teens about sex, Planned Parenthood is working hard with families and teens across the country to keep the numbers declining. We’re also advocating from the halls of Congress to school boards, for programs that the community has said are important for the future, by highlighting findings from a new poll that shows that Latinos in the U.S. believe that addressing teen pregnancy through comprehensive sex education in middle and high schools is critical.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group. That’s why it’s especially important they get tested on a regular basis. Each year, Planned Parenthood health centers provide nearly 400,000 Pap tests, one of the most effective ways to detect cervical cancer early. Approximately 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 American women die of the disease annually. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for cervical cancer is almost 100 percent. Additionally, in 2013, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 35,000 vaccinations for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer.
Uninsured and In Need
A greater percentage of Latinas (38 percent) are uninsured than the women of any other racial or ethnic group. In addition, more than a quarter live in poverty, so with no insurance and no resources, approximately 20 percent of Latinas have not visited a physician in the last year and one-third of Latinas don’t have a regular health care provider.
The Affordable Care Act is estimated to cover as many as 9 million currently uninsured Latinos through different avenues to insurance. Key provisions that are expected to have a large impact on the community include a ban on discrimination of pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents insurance plans until they turn 26, and access to free preventive services, including those provided by Planned Parenthood health centers, such as important cancer screenings and reproductive health services.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act in your state, log on to: www.healthcare.gov
The fight for fair and comprehensive immigration reform is one of social justice.As a health care provider, Planned Parenthood believes that all individuals should have access to health care, including basic women’s preventive care like birth control. We all benefit when more people have access to affordable, quality health care. Low-income immigrant women have especially high rates of beinguninsuredand face additional barriers to coverage. Sixty percent of low-income, non-citizen immigrant women lack health insurance, which is nearly twice the proportion of low-income, U.S.-born women.
Planned Parenthood will continue to advocate for quality, comprehensive coverage for all so that everyone, regardless of where they are from, can access the services they need— no matter what. For more on immigration reform click here.