I stand with Planned Parenthood

I am mad. I am beyond pissed off and angry about the GOP’s decision to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. Since I was sixteen and terrified to talk to my parents about my sex life, I knew I could go to Planned Parenthood and get my questions answered in a safe and nonjudging environment. I was able to ask questions about what my options were surrounding birth control. What were the side effects from oral contraceptives, depo provera, or others? They gave me real information about side effects, methods to being safe, allowing me to get free annual screenings, free birth control including condoms for me and my boyfriend, free birth control so that way, since I was making a then (and now) informed choice to have sex, at least I could do it safely without worrying about what would happen if I got pregnant. I knew getting pregnant was not an option for me because I was a good student, dreaming of being the first in my family to go to college and I had no financial means to care for a child. I was not going to let this happen to me and the future family that I was going to have. I wanted a future for me, and for my possible child.

Planned Parenthood was there for me.

Now, at 25, I am seeing the possibility of funding removed from a program and services that only seek to educate those In a position who may be scared, wanting to make the best decision for their self or family, or plainly, just trying to be responsible. Why are we penalizing responsibility? Isn’t that a skill that we are taught from a young age to have? There is nothing wrong with anyone who wants to have sex. Biologically and physically it is normal to desire these things and all Planned Parenthood does is to provide safe, educated options for those in a natural, normal position. If more people knew about the safe options surrounding sex, there would not be an abortion issue. People would be safe and protected. However, since I can remember, there have been slanderous and incorrect information about Planned Parenthood thrown about the media in a cavellier way. I am sick of it. If I had listened I wouldn’t have known where to turn when I wanted desperately to make a safe and informed decision.

There is nothing wrong with people for wanting to have sex. There is nothing wrong for people to want to do it safely. There is nothing wrong with Planned Parenthood for providing information to people wanting to do either of these things.

I stand with Planned Parenthood.

I was in California over Christmas– and unemployed–when I came down with what felt like was a pretty routine bladder infection. I did the usual: flushing with TONS of water and cranberry juice, and it wouldn’t get better. So, it progressed to a UTI and got to the point where I could barely sit my back hurt so terribly. I went to PP in my hometown to check the cost of treatment and learned I’d pay nothing. On a whim, and because I’d always thought it worked this way, I decided to swing by the County hospital to see what the same services would cost me there. Over $300, plus the day-long wait. At Planned Parenthood I was in and out relatively quickly, with a prescription and a warning that if I was feeling it in my kidneys I probably needed the emergency room and to go as soon as possible if nothing was better after my prescription was empty. Before this, I hadn’t been to a PP since right after I graduated college, which was the last time I was without insurance. They are awesome. We cannot let Planned Parenthood get away!