at Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah
Our Policy Issues
Health Care Equity
Planned Parenthood advocates that all Utahns — no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, immigration status, or neighborhood — should have equal access to the sexual and reproductive health care you need.
People of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people (especially those whose identities intersect) are disproportionately impacted by restrictions on care. For many, birth control and abortion are out of reach because of their income, where they live, or because their boss objects to it.
The unrelenting and unprecedented wave of attacks on reproductive health and rights has a devastating effect on the lives of people seeking health care. That’s why Planned Parenthood Action Council works to protect sexual and reproductive health care for everyone.
Quality Sex Education
Planned Parenthood works to ensure access to sex education programs that give young people the information that they need to make responsible decisions and stay healthy. Sex education, when done right, can transform people’s lives and society at large. Quality sex education taught by trained educators covers a wide range of topics, including relationships, decision making, condom negotiation, gender identity, body image, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When people receive quality sex education, they explore their values and beliefs about sex and relationships while also gaining skills to navigate relationships and manage their own sexual health.
Everyone deserves quality sex education. But too few young people get it because of state policy limiting what can be taught. Most Utahns think young people should receive quality sex education that covers a wide range of important topics, including birth control, consent, and healthy relationships.
Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
Abortion is health care. Planned Parenthood works to ensure all Utahns receive unbiased, medically accurate information so they can make the decision best for them if and when to have children. When someone decides to have an abortion, it should be safe. Abortion care should be overseen by medical experts, not restricted by certain politicians with their own political agendas.
Utahns do not need more restrictions on abortion, but pro-family policies that empower women, men, and families, like childcare, paid family leave, and access to health care. 80% of Utahns agree that Utah does not need more abortion restrictions.