though, of course, it’s not “pro-life” (i.e., pro-forced gestation and pro-women’s death and suffering). At age 15, I had an abortion, though at a private doctor’s office, a privilege afforded me by the connections of my registered nurse single mom (whose husband abandoned her and his children and who could not be bothered to pay the court-ordered pittance that was supposed to help support his children). My embryo’s sperm donor had absconded, too. Don’t really blame him; after all, if I could have run away from the situation maybe I would have, though I’d like to think that I’m not such a piece of shit.
Planned Parenthood has only ever helped me to avoid pregnancy, as well as disease. When I had no insurance, they provided me with annual pap smears, education on safer sex, STD testing between partners, breast exams, and birth control that worked for me. When I was laid off and underemployed as a temp worker in my early 30s, I knew I could again rely on Planned Parenthood and they came through for me in spades. I was able to get an IUD, which I still have and which has been the best contraceptive I have ever used. I am 41 and for the last 7 years I have been giving back to Planned Parenthood on a monthly basis, even though I have excellent health insurance (which, like most USians, I will lose should I contract a devastating illness that renders me unable to work).
Thanks to Planned Parenthood, I have never had an STD nor any more unwanted pregnancies. Nor have I had a lapse in preventative care check-ups at those various times I had no health insurance. Planned Parenthood has never wavered in its commitment to quality, comprehensive health care for women in all walks of life and I will never waver in my support for this wonderful, life-affirming, non-judgmental organization. I will fight tooth and nail for Planned Parenthood to continue as a resource for low income women, men, and children who otherwise would have no access to quality healthcare.