Planned Parenthood planning Amsterdam center

The local chapter of Planned Parenthood is applying for state approval to open a health center in th
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The local chapter of Planned Parenthood is applying for state approval to open a health center in the Kem Plaza on state Route 30 in Amsterdam.

Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson CEO Paul Drisgula announced today plans to offer gynecological exams, birth control, pregnancy testing, HIV testing and other services at the site, which will be staffed by seven people and will serve men and women.

Drisgula said the organization still has to apply for approval from the state Health Department but said he is expecting the state to expedite its review in time for the center to open by the end of June.

Drisgula said Planned Parenthood is concerned about the accessibility of such services in the area. Teen pregnancy rates in Montgomery County exceed those of all other New York counties except for Bronx County.

The state cut off funding for family planning services offered by Amsterdam Memorial Hospital at the end of 2007.

Drisgula said Planned Parenthood is concerned about how people can get services while the building is renovated, so the organization set up a local phone number – 842-0285 – that ties in with the Schenectady office. There, callers can get information on where to find services including birth control, emergency contraception, an annual exam, pregnancy tests and testing for sexually-transmitted infection and HIV.

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