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Fake "clinics" and how to spot them + Planned Parenthood themed coloring pages + Less than one week left for ACA open enrollment

From photography to voguing, Kia LaBeija — who was born HIV-positive — combines activism with storytelling.
Kia LaBeija vogues her poem, Drafted.
HIV has now been following me for 27 years. Transforming it into art is one way to shake myself free, to show that painful things can also be beautiful."
— Kia LaBeija, queer, biracial multidisciplinary artist
December 1 marked World AIDS Day. Antiretroviral therapy is helping people with HIV live longer, healthier lives than ever before. It can also lower people's chances of passing HIV to their partners and their babies. Despite this remarkable progress, the fight to end HIV and HIV stigma isn't over. Now is the time to double down on efforts to provide education and health services to underserved populations in the U.S. and around the world.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers
A case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the state of California can require "crisis pregnancy centers" to be honest with the people who come to them for help.

"Crisis pregnancy centers" (or CPCs) are run by people opposed to abortion — and they operate across the entire country. CPCs often advertise themselves as providing "free medical services" — particularly in communities of color — to make people think they're legitimate health care providers. Spoiler alert: They're not.

Numerous reports and first-person accounts have shown that CPCs give people inaccurate, biased, and even false information in an attempt to shame or scare people out of having an abortion. CPCs may use deceitful or misleading films and pictures or tell outright lies about the medical and emotional effects of abortion. They may even lie about the gestational age of a pregnancy in order to make it harder for someone to access abortion at all by delaying their decision.

A person's decision about their pregnancy is deeply personal. Everyone should have full and accurate information about all of their pregnancy options, including adoption, having an abortion, or raising a child.

California's current law, which is being challenged on First Amendment grounds, requires CPCs to post notices stating that they are not licensed medical facilities, as well as information about public programs offering free or low-cost abortion services. California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has vowed to defend this law: "Information is power, and all women should have access to the information they need when making personal health care decisions."

Get the Details:
+ U.S. Top Court to Hear Fight Over California Pregnancy Center Law
+ What Are 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers,' And Why Does The Supreme Court Care About Them
+ Why All Women Should Know About the Dangerous Mission of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

"How can I spot crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in my area?"
CPCs often set up shop very close to legitimate reproductive health centers, and have similar names — they do this to confuse and trick people. The easiest way to determine if a clinic is a CPC is to call and inquire about their services. Here are some red flags to look for:
They don't provide abortion, birth control, STD testing, or condoms, or they won't refer you to places that do.
They won't give you any information about their services over the phone, demanding that you visit in person.
They subject people to propaganda against abortion, birth control, condoms, and/or sexual activity. Read More.

— Kendall at Planned Parenthood
Did you know?
The pregnancy tests you get at the drugstore work 99 out of 100 times, and they can cost as little as a dollar. They're just as accurate as a urine pregnancy test that you'd get at a doctor's office. Learn More.

Defier of the Month

Reina Gossett NY

Filmmaker Reina Gossett has spent years archiving the life of Marsha P. Johnson — a transgender icon and activist. Her work was allegedly stolen by David France, director of Netflix's documentary "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson." Gossett defies the historical erasure of trans women of color, who are so rarely given the opportunity to tell their own stories, and for that she's our Defier of the Month. We look forward to her next project, "Happy Birthday Marsha!" Read more.

Sexual health themed coloring pages
Planned Parenthood Presents:
Printable Coloring Pages
Looking for a way to recharge this holiday season? Try our sexual health themed coloring pages. Download the PDF to get started.

Looking for next steps?
We received a lot of messages of support and some great feedback following our first issue. Thank you! Some of you are looking for ways to get involved after reading about mass incarceration. There are so many creative ways to make a difference in the lives of incarcerated people, including LGBTQ prisoner pen pal programs, like the one through Black & Pink, and efforts to send them books, like the Women's Prison Book Project.
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