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Planned Parenthood’s “gender affirming” services expand across multiple affiliates

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By Carole Novielli |  

The first Planned Parenthood affiliate began providing hormone therapy in 2005, and by 2019, over 100 Planned Parenthood facilities in 28 states had begun to offer gender-affirming hormone therapy, according to

Approximately 35,000 clients sought gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy in 2021 according to an August 2022 interview with Dr. Bhavik Kumar, the medical director of primary and trans care at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC).

While Planned Parenthood’s national reports do not list a specific “gender affirming” or “transgender” service category, some affiliate Planned Parenthood reports provide the data.

Our analysis found the following:

Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC) began offering so-called “gender affirming care (GAC)” to “patients 18 years and older” in June of 2018 and by 2019 reported they had “recruited, hired and trained a GAC navigator” by the name of Matt Raiti. Within a year, PPCCC’s clients for GAC rose nearly sixty-five percent (64.74%) from 173 clients reported in their 2019-2020 AR to 285 clients reported in the 2020-21 AR.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) claims that HRT is “one way for transgender individuals to feel and look more like the gender with which they identify.”  In 2018, PPCWNY hired Amy Potter to roll out special programs in so-called “gender affirming care (GAC).” They claim online to only offer “hormone therapy” (HT) to clients 18 and older.

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) grew from 344 GAC visits in 2018, 553 in 2019, and recorded 1,066 in their 2020-21 AR.

Planned Parenthood of Delaware (PPDE) launched GAC services in 2020 claiming to partner with “Nemours Hospital for Children – for gender affirming care for teens.”

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) where “Dr. Janet Cathey, PPGP’s Arkansas physician, has provided gender-affirming care for decades” recorded 3,983 GAC visits according to PPGP’s 2019-2020 report which also recorded 3,808 “trans health” services in their 2020-21 AR.

Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky PPGNHAIK (formerly PP of the Great Northwest and the Hawaii Islands, PPGNHI), “introduced Gender Affirming Hormone Care in all 27” of their centers in 2018. The affiliate has increased from 2,532 “gender affirming hormone care” services in 2019 to 4,178 in 2020.

PPGNHAIK currently states online that, “Since launching gender affirming hormone care (GAHC), we have seen an overwhelming demand for services, and we have had to temporarily stop taking new patients as we work to increase capacity.”

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s (PPGOH) 2021AR states that, “In January, we were proud to launch gender-affirming hormone therapy and offer another way to care for our trans and non-binary patients.”

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc. (PPGTX) where Dr. Amna Dermish serves as Regional Medical Director of Transgender Services, recorded 3,149 GHAT services according to their 2020AR.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) where Lucas Leek serves as PPGWNI’s Transgender Health & Community Coordinator, announced the provision of transgender care in 2017.

PPGWNI wrote in their 2018AR, “To fill major access gaps in our region, PPGWNI is excited that we now offer services for the transgender and gender-diverse community through our Transgender Health Program. In January, all PPGWNI health centers began providing gender-affirming hormone therapy and resources and referrals for transgender-specific medical, legal, and social services. By the end of 2018, we had provided 642 patients affirming and supportive care.”

By June of 2019, PPGWNI launched a “Transgender Health Fund” and recorded 1,166 GAC services that year, 997 in 2020, and 2,343 in their 2022AR.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) where Dr. Bhavik Kumar is the medical director of primary and trans care, expanded its services for trans and “gender nonconforming” patients to include their Northville Health Center of Houston, the New Orleans Health Center of Louisiana as well as their Prevention Park location in central Houston in 2019.

PPGC also claims to have “expanded current health care services for transgender patients to include gender-affirming hormone therapy services via Telehealth” and they claim to offer GAC for transgender patients ages 18 and older.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) added GAC services in 2018, where they recorded 69 GAC services and 8,119 abortions that year.

By 2019, PPHP had recorded 470 GAC services but increased to 776 in 2020 where the affiliate also committed 8,734 abortions.

In 2021, PPHP’s GAC services climbed again to 943 while abortions fell to 8,605 abortions (6,532 which were chemical).

According to PPHP’s 2021 spring report, the affiliate reported that eight percent of their clients were “teen.”

PPHP’s “For Teens” website page referred middle school children to groups like Advocates for Youth (AFY) and their sometimes pornographic subsidiary AMAZE, which promotes the transgender ideology.

In a separate report, PPHP claimed that in the first quarter of 2021 they “facilitated 242 education sessions, reaching 1,138 youth participants.”

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) launched transgender hormone therapy at two Chicago health centers in 2015 and announced their intentions to expand GAC services in 2016.

In 2018, when PPIL claimed that 5% of their clientele was 13-17 year-old teens, they expanded trans services to all the affiliate’s centers.

That same year, PPIL was actively training first responders in transgender terminology.

Planned Parenthood Keystone’s (PPKey) appears to have recently begun to offer GAC services, writing in the affiliate’s recent annual report (2020-21) that “Brawn was really needed to launch gender-affirming hormone therapy; it took a year of planning, and when we finally began offering services on November 1st, it was worth every moment of planning.”

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) wrote in their 2020AR, “In 2020, we have enhanced our patient-centered model for abortion care as well as a primary care, and we come to patients where they are when it is convenient for them, via telehealth. We also prepared for the launch of our Gender Affirming Care program as a core service, a reflection of our commitment to eliminating stigmatization of care.”

PPMM recorded 1,041 GAC visits in 2020 and claims online that “We are not currently able to prescribe puberty blockers or gender affirming hormones therapy to youth under 16.”

The following year, PPMM recorded 1,764 GAC visits in their 2021AR where they claimed that “75% or more of middle and high school students who completed PPMM Sex Ed agreed that if they had questions about sexual health, gender identity, or being safe in relationships, they could trust Planned Parenthood to help them.”

That percentage rose to 92% in their 2022AR where they recorded 4,378 GAC services.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc. (PPM) wrote in their 2020AR, “Recognizing that for members of the transgender and non-binary communities, accessing patient-centered health care can be challenging and even traumatic, PPM joined affiliates across the country in launching Gender Affirming Care (GAC).”

PPM recorded 68 GAC clients that year. The following year, PPM recorded 265 “Gender Affirming Care, including gender-affirming hormone therapy” services in their 2021AR.

Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi (PPTNM) recorded 1,015 transgender patients in their 2020AR, 1,355 in their 2021AR, and 1,118 in their 2022AR.

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc. (PPLM) where Dr. Danielle Roncari serves as PPLM’s Medical Director recorded “300patients received Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy [GHAT]” according to PPLM’s 2019AR, “600+ patients” in PPLM’s 2020AR, and “800+ patients” in their 2021AR.

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, Inc. (PPMNJ) expanded their “services to include gender affirming hormone therapy (GAHT)” according to their 2020AR where they recorded 22 GHAT services.

PPMNJ wrote in their 2021AR that “The Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy program is thriving, with plans to replicate it in all of our centers. After a comprehensive process, we received a three-year full accreditation from PPFA.”

In 2021, PPMNJ recorded committing 89 “Gender Affirming Hormone Hormone Treatments.”

Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) where Dr. Halley Crissman serves as director of gender-affirming care, began a pilot program in Lansing and at their Marquette clinic “to offer patients 18 and older prescriptions for gender-affirming hormone therapies” in May of 2022.

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Inc. (PPMW) announced in 2019 that the affiliate was “now providing gender-affirming hormone therapies for transgender patients” and according to their 2021AR, PPMW “provided gender affirming hormone therapy to over 750 patients in the DMV area.”

Planned Parenthood Greater New York (PPGNY) recorded  2,841 transgender hormone therapy (THT) services in their 2021AR.

Planned Parenthood Northern California (PPNorCal) claimed that “PPNorCal was one of the first Planned Parenthood affiliates in the U.S. to offer PrEP and PEP (medications to prevent HIV infection), and hormone therapy for gender affirmation.”

The affiliate recorded 15,250 “gender-affirming hormone therapy visits” in their 2021-22AR.

Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, Inc. (PPNCNY) “laid the groundwork for the provision of transgender health care” in 2016 where Katie Ramus, Vice President of Community Engagement announced the roll-out of PPNCNY’s transgender services.

Then in their 2017AR, PPNCNY wrote “Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York Inc.’s healthcare services for transgender patients expanded in April 2017 with the launch of gender affirming hormone therapy and referral services in our Watertown health center.”

PPNCNY recorded 164 GAC services in 2018 (1.3% of total services), 299 in 2019 (3% of total services), and by 2021, the affiliate recorded 608 GAC services (3% of their total services that year).

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) claimed that 6% of PPNNE’s 36,288 clients were “transcare,” between 2021 and 2022 3.5% of 34,284 clients in 2020-21, and 3.5% of their 34,903 clients in 2020.

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Inc. (PPPSW) recorded 1,046 GHAT telehealth services and 1,380 in-clinic services in FY2022, 821 GHAT services in 2021.

Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Inc. (PPPSGV) “Launched TransCare, masculinizing and feminizing hormone therapy for transgender patients, serving over 130 patients since its inception” according to their 2018-2019AR where they claimed that “204 patients were served to date through TransCare” by 2019.

PPPSGV recorded 588 transcare visits in their 2019-2020AR and claimed that the affiliate had prescribed “more than 750 cycles of hormone therapy.” PPPSGV recorded 828 “TransCare visits” in their 2021-21AR where they wrote that “our TransCare program celebrated its two year anniversary of offering hormone therapy for transgender and gender non-conforming patients.”

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc. (PPSNE) recorded 1,067 GAC visits in their 2020-21AR.

Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) wrote in their fall 2021 newsletter that PPSP began providing GAC in 2017 in response to demonstrated community need for affordable, accessible, and compassionate hormone therapy and inclusive reproductive and sexual health care in our region. Since launching GAC, PPSP has provided more than 5,400 visits to over 1,200 individuals.”

PPSP’s FY2021 report recorded the affiliate’s “fourth year of offering gender-affirming care” and claimed to provide “gender-affirming hormone therapy initiation for 262 new patients and provided nearly 1,400 gender-affirming care visits.”

In their FY2022 report, they wrote “In our fifth year providing Gender Affirming Care, we provided 281 care-initiation visits and 1,236 follow-up appointments through telemedicine and at Pottstown, West Chester, and Center City, Philadelphia.”

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO) where Dr. Colleen McNicholas serves as co-director of the TRANSforming Community TRANSforming Care program recorded seeing 121 “transmen” and 38 “transwomen” in their FY2021AR, writing that in March of 2021 PP rolled out their “transgender care program, “TRANSforming Community, TRANSforming Care.”

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSWO) “In FY21, PPSO launched our Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT) services as part of the Gender Affirming Care (GAC) initiative launched in 2020.” PP wrote in their FY2022AR that they had trained two new providers to provide GAHT services.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) reports that “In 2016, we successfully launched
a transgender care program” where they recorded 2,640 Transgender care visits in 2019.

By the 2017-2018 report, PPSWCF recorded “1,464 Transgender Care Visits.”  In their Spring 2018 newsletter, PP wrote, “Today, in our affiliate, the results continue to be astounding and we now proudly serve over 450 patients in this program.

In FY2021, PPSWCF showed having 3% transgender male and 2.7% transgender female clients that year and recorded 2,640 Transgender care visits. The affiliate “provides estrogen and testosterone hormone therapy to approximately 1,900 patients a year, including minors as young as 14 with parental consent after an extensive evaluation process,” the group’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robyn Schickler told in February of 2023.

Planned Parenthood is clearly seeing this as a new revenue source and there is evidence that clients are receiving GAC services without ever meeting with a physician. The organization is now a top provider of transgender “services.”