WEST HOLLYWOOD—Planned Parenthood has a new facility that opened it’s doors on November 24. In a media advisory released by Planned Parenthood by Vicky Waters, Vice President of Public Affairs, the one-hour event marked the 20th Planned Parenthood organization in the city of Los Angeles.
The new center will offer a well-rounded assortment of treatments that will include gynecological exams, cervical cancer screenings, breast exams, STD testing and treatment, birth control, abortion services, along with counseling and education.
On Tuesday, December 1, PPLA officials, Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath of West Hollywood and Art Ochoa, Senior VP of Community Relations at Cedar-Sinai hosted the innauguration of the new center on World AIDS Day.
The event was held indoors and was described as secure and somber in light of the shooting that took place at one of it’s facilities in Colorado Springs, when Robert Lewis Dear open fired inside a Planned Parenthood clinic. Dear was later arrested after a standoff between himself and authorities.
The incident, which left 9 people wounded and one officer dead has led Dear to be charged with first-degree murder. A hearing set for December 9 will determine if the suspect will receive the minimum penalty of life in prison.
“The safety of patients and staff is our top priority, and Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place to ensure that our health centers are safe, supportive, welcoming environments for all people to get the high-quality health care they need,” says to Celinda Vazquez, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of public affairs in a statement released to ABC 7. “Our doors are open today, in Colorado and across the country, and nothing will deter us from providing high-quality health care to our patients.”
The Colorado Springs office has re-opened it’s doors and the new West Hollywood clinic, which will be located at West Hollywood Health Center at 825 N. San Vicente Boulevard will offer additional services, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), which are critical to reducing HIV infections to patients. The services will also be available to all Los Angeles locations in 2016.
Canyon News has reached out to Planned Parenthood who did not provide any additional comments.