Hawaii must fully fund family planning for teens
As a community outreach educator for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, providing sex education for almost 20 years in Maui County, I’ve been able to support and educate thousands of our local Maui County teens and keiki.
With our new models for attending school, teens may have less time for life-skill learning, health education, family planning programs, clinics and access to reproductive health vital to allow our teens to empower themselves to make responsible, medically accurate decisions that may affect the rest of their lives.
Currently, Hawaii doesn’t have a family planning program due to the recent implementation of the Gag Rule. If the governor does not step in to fill the funding gap, patients will encounter reduced services and less access, disproportionately harming our most vulnerable, under-served communities, including our teens.
Hawaii must seek to ensure the health and safety of its residents by institutionalizing a fully funded state-run program at $2.4 million.