While the debate pro-life vs. pro-choice is discussed between middle-aged men on Capitol Hill, Planned Parenthood has decided to launch a pilot program that allows clients to have access to birth control services via the Internet.
The pilot program, which was announced Wednesday, has launched in Minnesota and Washington state. The service connects clients to a web portal, where they are provided with a Planned Parenthood supplier by means of a secure video portal. Also, mobile apps are available. The services are available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition, the healthcare provider will be adding counseling for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that includes a mail-order and/or do-it-yourself treatment kit.
Those who access the web portal will have the ability to have certain medications directly mailed to them. For example someone who has chlamydia can request medications. However, an individual who has gonorrhea are advised to appear in-person for an injection, but medications can be prescribed for those who can’t make it, according to Lisa Christensen, Planned Parenthood’s director of advance practice nurses and physician assistants in Minnesota.
As stated by Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, “Our patients are between the ages of roughly 18 and 29, so they are millennials, and they are used to being on [the] cutting edge of technology adaptation.”
The health center foresees this service appealing to those living in a rural area and don’t have access to clinics.