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  1. FCHC and COVID-19

    FCHC and COVID-19

    This page will be used for any updates about our operation during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Health Emergency.

    (Updated 19 March, 2020)

    Falls Church Healthcare Center is proud to continue to serve you,

    and we remain OPEN to do so!

    We know that you’re concerned about COVID-19 (coronavirus). As your healthcare partner, we would like you to know that the health of our patients and our employees is our top priority. At FCHC we are taking additional steps to be extra vigilant to keep everyone healthy. We know that it is important that patients do not postpone needed healthcare, especially abortion services, as delaying abortion care may increase risks and costs.

    We are adhering to health and safety guidelines suggested by the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Abortion Federation. Please note that, for everyone’s safety, we have implemented temporary patient and visitor procedures.  We have put these in place to ensure the health of all of our patients and staff, and in order to support social distancing and minimizing the risk of community spread.

    The following guidelines are in place:

    • All visitors must complete our health screening questionnaire.   We want to make sure that everyone who enters our clinic is not exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 Virus. Visitors with respiratory and/or flu-like symptoms and/or a fever of 100°F (37.8°C) are asked to reschedule their appointment until they are well.  Flu-like symptoms include:
        • shortness of breath
        • cough
        • sore throat
        • fatigue
        • myalgia (body aches)
    • Each patient is limited to one healthy adult visitor or support person.  We need to limit the number of patrons in our facility in order to ensure that we can remain a safe distance from each other to keep the virus from spreading. We regret that we cannot accommodate your children and all of your support persons at this time.
    • All visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry to our Center.  There are restrooms in the hallway which are available for hand-washing, and hand sanitizer is available as you enter our lobby.
    • All visitors must cover their cough/sneeze with a tissue or sleeve, and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds afterwards.
    • All visitors should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. The virus can remain on surfaces we touch as well as on our skin. This will help minimize the chances that the virus will spread internally.
    • Visitors who have been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19 will be asked to reschedule their appointment to a later date.

    We appreciate your cooperation in doing your part as our Center strives to maintain a healthy environment for all of our patients, staff and visitors.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have: by phone (703-532-2500) or through our contact form.

     

  2. Businesses that Support Reproductive Health

    Supportive businesses that share our mission and serve women well

    Supportive Businesses of Abortion Clinics - Thrive Therapy Center

    Counseling Connection or The Family Therapy Center of McLean

    • Consultel, Inc. – Custom Web Designs, Social Media, and Google AdWords Management; designed over 150 abortion clinic websites

    Consultel, Inc. website design for reproductive health clinics

    • ACOL (Abortion Clinics Online) – Online directory of abortion clinics. Posted pro-choice resources on the web before anyone else thought of it. Ann Rose we applaud you!

    AbortionClinics.com logo - online directory of abortion clinics and abortion doctors

    HPSRX Enterprises - distributor of women's health products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals


     

  3. Abortion Advocacy

    Abortion Advocacy ~ showing public support or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.

    REGISTER TO VOTE and VOTE IN ALL ELECTIONS.
    Your REPRODUCTIVE Wellness is at stake.
    Your local elections are as (or even more) important to reproductive rights as our national elections.
    Click here for voter information in Virginia.

    “Young women need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men or women but freedoms won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.”— Katha Pollitt

    Abortion Advocacy Organizations

    The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health – The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health formed in 2011 as a response to the attack on women’s health and safety prompted by Senate Bill 924. The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health strives to protect and ensure access for all women in all regions of Virginia to safe abortion(s) and comprehensive reproductive health care services. The Coalition is committed to ensuring any regulations are based solely on medical and public health considerations. The Coalition is opposed to excessive, burdensome or unneeded regulations that undermine patient access to medical care for political or ideological purposes.

    DC Doula for Choice Collective – The DC Doulas for Choice Collective is a DC-based, volunteer-led-and-run, pro-choice organization that seeks to provide doula care to people across the full spectrum of reproductive health, pregnancy, and choice.

    National Abortion Federation – NAF 1660 L Street NW Suite 450 Washington DC 20036 | (202) 667-5881 NAF Hotline Fund: (800) 772-9100 | The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. | Falls Church Healthcare Center is a proud NAF member.

    Center for Reproductive Rights – 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 | The Center for Reproductive Rights (formerly the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide and are representing Falls Church Healthcare Center in our challenge to end abortion restrictions in Virginia.

    Feminist Majority Foundation– We are members and support FMS, having marched alongside them at the Women’s Marches since 2004.

    Abortion Care Network – The national ACN (Abortion Care Network – formerly NCAP – National Coalition of Abortion Providers.) is a 501(c) non-profit, membership organization that represents the political, business and networking needs of independent abortion providers across the country. 1625 K Street, NW, Suite 1020; Washington, DC 20006 | (202) 419-1444 | Falls Church Healthcare is a proud ACN member.

    Public Funding for Abortion, American Civil Liberties Union – The Hyde Amendment allows states to determine whether or not to allow Medicaid pay for abortion procedures. Only 17 states allow public funding for abortions, leaving a huge number of American women unable to pay for an abortion. The ACLU opposes the Hyde Amendment and its far reaching implications.

    NARAL-VA – A very active chapter of NARAL, has insured FCHC’s ability to offer you pro-choice gynecology services.

     

    National Women’s Law Center – 11 Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202 588-5180 | The National Women’s Law Center has worked since its inception in 1972 to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.

    Raising Women’s Voices – is a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action.

    Southern Poverty Law Center – 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, Al 36104. The Southern Poverty Law Center teaches tolerance, monitors violence and provides valuable advocacy services.

    Sister Song We are proud supporters of SisterSong, a Southern based organization created to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.

    Reproductive Health Education

    Guttmacher Institute  – The leading think tank on sexual and reproductive health issues in the United States and worldwide.

    Advocates for Youth – 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 | (202) 347-5700 | Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

    La Iniciativa Latina – 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW #1130, Washington, DC 20005 | (202) 628-7700 | La meta de La Iniciativa Latina es ayudar a las comunidades Latinas aplicar la sexualidad humana desde una perspectiva informativa por fe. Esto será hecho posible a través de la educación, preparación, y foros abiertos y incluyendo y no limitado a la educación comprensiva sobre la educación de sexualidad, educación de salud reproductiva y justicia, la prevención del embarazo de adolescentes, la VIH/Sida desde una perspectiva religioso que refleja un entendimiento de la cultura latina.

    National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Inc.  – NFPRHA members provide comprehensive preventive health care services at more than 4,000 health centers to nearly 4 million women and men annually. Everyday our members help people act responsibly, stay healthy and plan for strong families.

    Abortion Networking and Support

    National Network of Abortion Funds  – A network of over 100 grassroots groups in more than 40 states that help women pay for abortion services.

    Medical Students for Choice – The United States and Canada face a dangerous shortage of trained abortion providers. MS4C works to make sure students are trained in abortion procedures. Falls Church Healthcare Center is proud to be an extern training site.

    Physicians for Reproductive Health – PRH is a national network of pro-choice physicians who are committed to providing and advocating for the best possible care for patients.

    NARAL-VA – 1101 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 A very active chapter in Virginia has insured FCHC ability to offer you pro-choice gynecology services. For more than 30 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the nation’s leading advocate for privacy and a woman’s right to choose.

    WACDTF (Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force) P.O. Box 21796 , Washington, DC 20009 | (202) 797-6577 | The Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force is an all-volunteer, non-violent group founded in the 1980s to promote peaceful and safe access to women’s health clinics in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. A very active volunteer team in Virginia has insured FCHC ability to offer you pro-choice gynecology services. When you come to our center, please thank our WACDTF escorts in the orange vests.

    ARCH A volunteer-based organization, steming from Northern Virginia abortion rights advocates and champions, ARCH was created to aid women who need financial help with family planning.

  4. Partner Violence

    What are the health consequences of partner violence?

    Partner ViolenceWomen’s Center for Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization offering services for women in crisis.

    National Domestic Violence Hotline / Linea Nacional sobre la Violencia Domestica – One call summons immediate help in English or Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days each week. Interpreters are available to translate 139 languages. www.ndvh.org

    The Hotline may be reached toll-free at 1+(800) 799-SAFE (7233) | 1+(800) 787-3224 (TTY)

  5. Cervical Health

    Helpful information about cervical health is available here.

    Cervical Health - helpful guide, info about Pap SmearWhat is a PAP Smear?

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: getting a gynecological exam is probably the easiest medical appointment you’ll ever have. No needles, no drills, no stinging eye drops — just some questions and an exam that’s over before you know it. So cast aside those unwarranted fears of specula, “stirrups,” and cold hands, and listen up — here’s what you need to know:

    Acing Your Gynecological Exam

  6. Breast Health

    Below you’ll find helpful breast health information.

    Breast Health - breast exam, prevention and treatment of breast cancer

    A comprehensive site for Breast Cancer information, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support options.

    The web’s First Cancer Resource

    National Cancer Institute’s Cancer information service (800) 422-6237 | 1-800-4-CANCER

    Looking for breast health organizations that truly have women’s interests at heart?

  7. General Women’s Health

    Excellent resources for General Women’s Health

    Recognizing a Stroke

    Neurologists say if they get to a stroke victim within 3 hours they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. The key is getting a stroke recognized and diagnosed.

    Remember these 4 steps: STRS

    • S – Ask the individual to SMILE
    • T – Ask the person to TALK and speak a simple sentence coherently, like “It is sunny out today.”
    • R – Ask him or her to RAISE both arms
    • S – STICK out your tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, or goes to one side or the other, the person may have had a stroke
    • If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
  8. Family Planning

    Learn all you can about family planning before starting a family

    Family Planning - anticipate and attain the desired number of childrenFamily planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility. A woman’s ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy.  – World Health Organization

    The leading resource to learn about Emergency Contraception information.

    “Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called “the morning after pill,” “the day after pill,” or “morning after contraception.” You can use emergency contraception right away – or up to 5 days after sex – if you think your birth control failed, you didn’t use contraception, or you were forced to have sex.”

    Information to choose a method right for you. | My Method | Bedsider

  9. Young Women and Teen Abortion

    Helpful reproductive health care information for young women and teens

    Young Women and Teen AbortionA great resource on Teen Council by Planned Parenthood.

    Mom Dad, I’m Pregnant is a site designed to aid communication between teens and parents around pregnancy related issues.

    Yesterday, your mother was nagging you about cleaning your room. Today, how do you tell her you’re pregnant?

    Your daughter has seemed remote but you never suspected she might be pregnant: how do you respond?

    The “Mom, Dad, I’m Pregnant” Project of the Abortion Conversation Project, Inc. addresses these questions and more on its new website and in companion handouts, “How Can I Tell my Parents?” and “How Do I Respond?”

    The National Campaign to Prevent Teem and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the well-being of children, youth, families and the nation by preventing unplanned and teen pregnancy.

    We need to educate communities about sexuality and healthy decision making and inspire teens to use their voices to advocate for positive sexual attitudes and policies. We provide accurate and unbiased sexuality education to end ignorance and to promote acceptance and communication.

  10. Men and Abortion

    Helpful resource information about men and abortion

    Men and Abortion - men want to know more about abortionResearch conducted shows nearly 1,000 men in abortion clinic waiting rooms. This research concludes that, if their partners are willing, men want more involvement in counseling, the procedure itself, the recovery room, and are seeking more information in general about abortion.

    MenAndAbortion.com offers answers to the most frequently asked questions about abortion, factual, emotional and spiritual and well as other resources.