Wherever you fall on the sociopolitical or moral spectrum, you likely believe in the innate and equal value of human beings, right? Probably!
I love it when we agree on things.
There’s been a lot of chatter in the news and in the public discourse – I’d say lately, but honestly, when hasn’t this been an issue? – about women’s health. If we want to get fundamental on it, we can say women’s RIGHTS to health. And yes, this is an argument that remains necessary in 2012.
Simply by being born a female in this world, a woman does have a unique set of concerns related to not only her body but her whole life, and yeah – they do have a lot to do with her uterus and the responsibility for carrying and nurturing new human lives. Even without the very real circumstances of the world we live in and the immense potential for strife, the business of propagating and nurturing the species is a complex one. Now imagine the hardship and struggle of those mired in a system that provides them little to no healthcare or support. They, too, deserve not just decent care but the right to it.
Today’s featured member, the Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity, exists to ensure that all women and families who require health services to not only survive, but to thrive, can receive them.
We are dedicated to providing opportunities for the hope and growth through professional counseling, education and integrated support services to meet the unique practical and emotional needs of each individual.
Today there are thousands of women in the community who are pregnant or parenting a child or children under the age of three who have limited or no network of support. Fortunately, PHD’s size and reputation have grown rapidly from a telephone crisis line into a sophisticated professional counseling center serving women throughout the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.
1. The average age of a PHD client is between 25 and 35.
2. Most PHD clients live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
3. Approximately 50% of PHD clients are married.
4. Approximately 50% of PHD clients are widowed, divorced or single.
5. More than 65% of PHD clients are Hispanic.
6. More than 80% of PHD clients live at or below the poverty level.