In many places around the nation, it is a dark time for Planned Parenthood.
In Long Island City, Queens, however, Planned Parenthood has created a bright new world: a health center where daylight streams in through large windows and skylights, where walls are painted in Easter-egg pastels, where a cheerful sign tells clients and patients that they are Welcome, Bienvenido, Byenveni, Malugod na pagtanggap, Добро пожаловать and 환영.
Because this is Queens, there are five other languages on the sign as well.
The Diane L. Max Health Center of Planned Parenthood opened in September at 21-41 45th Road, just steps away from the elevated No. 7 line station.
It is the first Planned Parenthood center in Queens. The organization now operates in every New York City borough. Abortions are performed at all but the Staten Island center, which offers family planning services only.
“Our other health centers are really full on a daily basis,” Diane L. Max, the chairwoman of Planned Parenthood of New York City, said. “We realized there was an untapped area of need.”
Ms. Max said $9 million was raised to meet construction costs and create a fund to ensure that the center could provide services for at least three years without regard to patients’ ability to pay.
The center expects to see about 17,500 people a year. Other services include pregnancy tests, birth control counseling, gynecological care, cervical and breast cancer screening, and testing for H.I.V. and sexually transmitted infections. […]