Non-Profit Spotlight – Preterm
Our second non-profit spotlight, Preterm, is one who empowers. They provide abortion and sexual healthcare, with respect and without judgement. They make healthcare accessible to those who otherwise would not receive it. They open their doors to all patients from all walks of life, all while keeping their services as affordable as possible. For patients that still need financial help affording care, they provide that too. And, while doing all of this, they empower their patients. They inform their patients and provide a safe space for them to make whatever decision is right for them.
Empowering people, specifically women, to make their own decisions about healthcare is not without controversy, but Preterm’s work is based on values of compassion, empathy, bodily-autonomy, self-determination, and gender equality. They’re a licensed ambulatory surgery center that has been around for over 40 years. Their role is to provide high quality sexual healthcare (standard care like birth control, STD testing and treatment, and wellness care like Pap tests) and abortion care. They empower their patients by trusting them to make their own decisions. Preterm informs their patients and provides them with a safe space for consideration – a judgement-free zone in a world without a lot of those remaining.
The healthcare that Preterm provides is patient-centered. They focus on making their patients feel informed, trusted, and safe. Their patients include a large number of our local LGBTQ community, and they’re always careful to clarify pronouns. Anna Malefatto, Preterm’s Development and Communications Manager, had this to say:
“For the people who receive care at Preterm, having an abortion can mean the chance to graduate, to leave an abusive relationship, to raise their children with dignity. It can be a sad option in a series of disappointing events, an unwanted end to a wanted pregnancy, and an outcome fraught with emotion. Our patients are resilient and determined—they know what’s best for their lives, and sometimes that’s an abortion. Just as every person’s life is unique and nuanced, so is every abortion experience.”
Preterm provides care for nearly 6,000 people per year. The majority of their patients receive financial assistance, and last year that financial assistance was an average of $236 per patient. Preterm also serves as a training facility for medical residents and other health professionals who want to learn about high-quality abortion care and family planning.
In a world where women’s right to choose has many opponents, Preterm serves as a vocal advocate for reproductive health, rights, and justice locally and across the country.
“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.”
— Margaret Sanger