Last summer after I graduated from college, I woke up one morning very sick and doubled over in pain. Since I was away from home, I couldn’t see my regular doctor. Usually, I would go to the student health clinic in this type of situation, but since I had just graduated, I couldn’t go to the clinic without having to pay major fees. As I was getting worse by the hour, I became concerned that my only option was a nearby — but very expensive — urgent care center. Then, I suddenly remembered the small, unassuming house I passed by every day, with a small sign out in front that said “Planned Parenthood.” I called them up and was able to get an appointment immediately. Planned Parenthood was there for me that day, but if certain abortion opponents have their way, Planned Parenthood won’t be around any longer.
In the last two weeks, there have been multiple attempts to end Planned Parenthood services:
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure was excluded from a bill that would provide money for breast cancer research, just because they give grants to Planned Parenthood.
- The Senate introduced a bill that would strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding.
- There is a bill in the House that would ban Planned Parenthood funding for a year.
- Multiple state legislatures are considering defunding Planned Parenthood.
- A bill that would help wounded vets receive fertility treatment was pulled in the Senate because lawmakers were using the bill as yet another opportunity to target Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood Helps All Women
There have been attacks for years to defund Planned Parenthood, but, the thing is, doing that would harm millions of women. Millions of women like me rely on Planned Parenthood to receive critical health care services. Planned Parenthood provides annual check-ups and STI treatments, offers birth control, and screens for breast cancer. Many women who don’t have a regular doctor or who are uninsured rely on Planned Parenthood to receive the medical help they need. These women will either go untreated and get sick, or be forced to pay for care at an urgent care center or the emergency room that they may be unable to afford.
We Need Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a vital source of women’s healthcare service. Without it, there will be a gap in the safety net and many women will lose access to care. Last summer I would have paid more than I could afford at an urgent care center. I know Planned Parenthood is always there if I need to go back. Instead of attacking Planned Parenthood, we should be applauding them for the help they give millions of women. We will continue to stand by their side and support the great things they do for women’s health.