|By Beth Reese Cravey, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The people who run the nonprofit clinic on
The message of clinic officials is that it offers far more than its name --
"Most of what we do is provide preventive health-care services," said President and CEO
The core mission of Planned Parenthood clinics across the country remains abortion services. As a result, controversy follows the clinics. That's why at least once a week, a pair of abortion protesters quietly stand outside the
On a recent morning, the signs read, "Planned Parenthood kills 900 babies daily."
The clinic staff goes on about its business, meeting whatever health-care needs that day's patients require.
"I understand that people are passionate about this issue and I respect their right to voice their belief in a lawful, peaceable way," said board chairwoman
Each affiliate determines exactly which abortion services and other services are available at individual clinics, based on provider availability and training in specific areas, available space and community needs, Fraley said.
But Fraley and Doolittle want people to know the rest of the local Planned Parenthood story.
"I don't think most people understand that our services include basic well care and education," Doolittle said. "Our community has several public health problems, not the least of which is
Since recently relocating from
A sampling of clinic fees are
"The world's largest abortion provider can call themselves whatever they would like," he said. "But when you do more abortions than anyone else in the entire world and the vast majority of your domestic business is abortion ... you kill babies for a living."
But representatives of area health-care organizations said the community can only benefit from having more low-cost clinic options.
"Equitable access to preventive health-care services is absolutely essential to support, sustain and improve the health status of a community," said
An estimated 1 million Florida adults are not eligible for
"They remain completely without health coverage, and subsequently many live without access to even the most basic primary health care and preventive health services," she said. "Organizations such as Planned Parenthood are trusted and well-positioned entities in their local communities to offer and coordinate a variety of key primary and preventative health services."
Health care is especially critical for women in their childbearing years, whether they want children or not, said
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