I’m sick of people assuming that all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions. I’ve been using Planned Parenthood services since I was 18 and my father, who consummated me on a one night stand, cut off my health insurance to make his wife happy.
If it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood I would have never had access to affordable birth control and I would have wound up like my mother, jobless with 4 kids who were taken away from her because she turned to drugs. She had no chance to control her life after having 4 kids from 4 different men. Now, I would have never been that sexually active, but that is also thanks to the bits of sex education I received in seventh grade from my science teacher, a man who felt obligated to the youth before him to let them know how babies are really made, and warned young girls not to get into certain situations with boys.
Planned Parenthood provided me my first ever pap smear as well as my first year of birth control for free, something my aunt (who adopted me from my mother) could never have helped me with.
Thank you OBAMA for sticking up for women!!
Now that I have switched the focus of my blog from altogether un-thought out pieces into much more aggressive and confident writing, I have wanted to change this post. However, I have decided to maintain this post as it was because I stand behind the statement either way.
I realize that it is incredibly personal and puts a spotlight on some of my less favorable history, but I also realize that it takes real life stories to begin to change public opinion.
If having my private business out there manages to change even a single person’s perception of Planned Parenthood, then it was worth it. The real point I was getting at, is that Planned Parenthood provides the Have Nots with opportunities to control their lives. Human beings are not going to stop having sex. Regardless of whether they can afford to care for a child or not, human beings need sex in their lives. With new technologies, infant mortality continues to become scarcer (fortunately!), therefore survival of the fittest no longer applies. It is imperative that our society provide everyone with equal opportunity to choose when and how they want to have their family.
Babies are a gift, but sometimes gifts cannot be accepted because they’re just out of our league at the time.
I have never needed abortion services (thank God) and also thanks to the preventative measures provided to me by Planned Parenthood, including birth control, education, and health checks.