Planned Parenthood launches a new app for women seeking reproductive healthcare

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We hear from those for and against the Planned Parenthood Direct app

Odessa, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “I just want people to know about this, know their options because I didn’t have options,” says Aubrey Reinhardt.

As fewer Planned Parenthood’s remain open in Texas many women struggle to find reproductive healthcare.

Reinhardt says, “I never thought I would find myself in a position not being able to get healthcare I thought it was a no brainer that I would be able to walk into a clinic and get birth control, that it would be that easy, but never thought it would happen to me until it did.”

A student at Texas Tech at the time Aubrey Reinhardt made the treck to the nearest Planned Parenthood in Fort Worth to get birth control.

“I’m lucky that I had the transportation, the time the money, the means to make that big treck and a lot of people aren’t fortunate enough to have that,” says Reinhardt.

Adding that she is thankful for an app that provides a place to get birth control and UTI treatment.

“This Planned Parenthood Direct app will really bridge that gap for those folks that really need the healthcare but might not be able to walk into a planned parenthood clinic you know the day that they need it so this is an excellent opportunity for folks to take advantage of getting healthcare sent directly to their door.”

However, some organizations are expressing opposition to the new app.

“This is a way to recruit clients for future abortion patients. This is a way to establish a relationship with low-income women who in the future if they become pregnant, could be sold abortions,” says the Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life, Joe Pojman.

Mike Branschbach, the Coordinator of Pro-life Midland, says “I don’t think it’s a good idea because planned parenthood is behind it and I’m in disagreement with virtually everything that planned parenthood does.”

Reinhardt, encouraging those with reservations to see what it’s all about before making a decision.

“It’s free through your phone’s app store so it just takes downloading and getting acquainted with it.”

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