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Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health App Launches in Idaho

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Planned Parenthood has launched an application that puts reproductive health care at Idaho women's fingertips.

The app, Planned Parenthood Care, lets users order birth control and STD testing kits delivered to their door; conduct video consultations with profiled, rated clinicians; and synch health data with health care workers via phone. The app has been available in Alaska, Minnesota and Washington, and is being made available in the Gem State today.

"What's new is now our clinicians can literally meet people where they are—wherever they are—to get them the care they need," wrote Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, in a statement. 

Washington was the first U.S. state to get access to the app in 2014. In California, a similar service, Planned Parenthood Direct, was launched. 

Idaho lawmakers are already preparing to further cut state funds to Planned Parenthood following deceptively edited "sting" videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood employees describing selling fetuses. The videos led some members of the public and lawmakers to ask the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare how many state tax dollars go toward funding abortions. 

According to Department of Health and Welfare Dick Armstrong, of the $79,693 paid to Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid fund from 2012-2014, just $108 went toward abortions, with other funds going to wellness visits, birth control, vaccinations and other services. Nevertheless, some members of the Idaho Legislature have begun to draft legislation that will target women's health organizations—and, according to Hannah Brass Greer, Idaho legislative director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Planned Parenthood in particular.

"This will be my 10th session; we see attacks all the time," said Greer. "They're usually attacks on services, but this is the first time that we're expecting specific attacks against Planned Parenthood."

In a statement released around the Planned Parenthood Care app, Greer said, "Idaho is uniquely positioned to benefit from this service given the geography of this great state and the limited access to local health centers."