Planned Parenthood to open 1st branch in Antelope Valley; nearest branch before was 50 miles away

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Planned Parenthood is expanding through Southern California. The organization is opening its 19th branch on Thursday in a spot that will save some people a very long drive.

Planned Parenthood’s Palmdale office is the first one to serve the Antelope Valley. Until now, people in the area had to drive up to 50 miles each way to reach the nearest branch in Van Nuys.

The Palmdale center will offer preventive health care and family planning, including screenings for cervical and breast cancers. It also plans on providing contraception counseling and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

A spokesman for the organization says residents of the Antelope Valley face unplanned pregnancy and STD rates higher than the L.A. County average.

Planned Parenthood accepts both insured and uninsured patients.