Hewlett Foundation Awards $1 Million to Planned Parenthood for Katrina Evacuees

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced a $1 million emergency grant to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to help its affiliate health centers provide counseling and essential healthcare services to women, families, and displaced residents affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Many women who fled the storm left behind medication and other items vital to their well-being. Planned Parenthood, which has been serving clients at health centers and conducting outreach in areas that received the greatest number of displaced residents, is offering evacuees essential services such as birth control supplies, medication to treat sexually transmitted infections, and prenatal care at zero or reduced cost.

The organization is also stressing the importance of providing services to rape victims in the aftermath of the hurricane, including medical treatment, counseling, emergency contraception, and abortion services. Planned Parenthood's efforts will enable women and families to focus on rebuilding their lives knowing that they have access to high-quality healthcare services.

"This grant from the Hewlett Foundation and donations from our private supporters will make it possible for Planned Parenthood to provide essential contraceptive and healthcare services to those who have been displaced by this devastating catastrophe," said Karen Pearl, the organization's interim president.