Planned Parenthood to open office in Juneau

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Planned Parenthood of Alaska will open an office in Juneau to provide sexual health education to area schools, the University of Alaska Southeast and health agencies.

Katherine Davey, director of education and training for Planned Parenthood of Alaska, who will head Juneau's office, said the organization eventually wants to open a clinic to provide abortion services, birth control, pregnancy testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, breast and cervical cancer screening and other services.

''We're a pro-choice organization and believe abortion should be a safe and legal option,'' she said. ''But 98 percent of our efforts are to prevent unintended pregnancies and therefore the need for abortions.''

Davey said she plans to visit middle school and high school classes in Juneau to present ''age-appropriate and medically accurate'' information on sexual development, healthy relationships, methods of birth control and sexually transmitted infections.

''We present programs on abstinence as well as methods of birth control,'' she noted.

She said Planned Parenthood is uncertain if it will open a clinic in Juneau, but noted: ''We could fill a need.''

Planned Parenthood's Sitka clinic is the organization's lone clinic in Southeast. Davey said fund-raising is the primary obstacle to opening a clinic in Juneau. The primary goal for the Juneau office will be to provide educational resources, she said.

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