Benedict College students struggle to understand why their classmate 19-year-old Ayaanah Gibson didn’t call for medical help after giving birth in her dorm room.
According to the college’s website, the health center offers gynecological care and a referral service to specialists, but they’re not the only resource. The Coalition for Health Families has an 80-page access guide.
“That lists out all of the different organization and groups and locations that can provide that the citizens of South Carolina can use to access family planning services,” said Emma Davidson.
According to Planned Parenthood, more than 259,000 women in South Carolina need family planning services. Davidson believes the state could do better.
“There’s always a great need for family planning services in this state,” said Davidson. “There’s a huge need for information, training, and really knowledge of where you can access these services, where can you go to find a doctor that’s willing to talk to you openly and honestly.”