When I was first living on my own in a new city, far from family, I was brutally poor. The only way I could continue to get regular gynecological exams, cancer screening, and birth control pills was through Planned Parenthood, on their sliding fee scale. Thank God! I desperately needed the Pill, not just for birth control, but to help control debilitating dysmenorrhea. If I hadn’t been able to get my prescription, I would have missed a lot of work and I’m sure I probably would have been fired and ended up even poorer.
I remember the so-called Christians who stood outside PP, holding signs and harassing everyone who went inside, even though they had NO IDEA what any of us was there for. But I also remember the brave people who volunteered as escorts, and helped all of us feel safe and protected as we made our way into the clinic.
Thank you, Planned Parenthood. I will ALWAYS support you.