Women’s health continues to be at risk by conservative government actions and we must make our voices heard!
I didn’t know much about Planned Parenthood when it counted. As a teenager, I wasn’t interested in going “that far” with a boy. I thought that was something that would wait for marriage or close to it. Boys I dated never pressured me to go further than I was ready for. I was lucky.
I went to a private Catholic high school. I learned about the sanctity of marriage and that abstinence was a rule that was easy to live by. I didn’t worry about sex or any problems that could result from being a sexually active teen. I also learned about natural family planning. Contraception was to be avoided, because conception was in God’s hands.
So, when I finally had a “serious” boyfriend in college, I had this wealth of non-knowledge at my disposal. Because the other thing I learned in high school, was that Planned Parenthood was a sinful place. And the health office at my (also Catholic) University wasn’t exactly handing out birth control. Planned Parenthood would have been at my rescue if I needed it. That is, if I knew that Planned Parenthood was about helping women, not ending lives.
As a mom, I’ve tried to have very open conversations with my girls about their bodies and sex as they are growing up. My oldest is in high school and she talks to me about anything. However, I also let her know that there are places she can go and people she can talk to if she chooses. Planned Parenthood is available for all women, including teens.
I feel strongly that Planned Parenthood is an invaluable resource for all women and society as a whole. Women’s health shouldn’t be jeopardized because of the political agenda of the conservatives in Congress.
Planned Parenthood clinics around the country see about 2.5 million people annually. Many are lower-income, and the vast majority come not for abortions but for essential healthcare: breast examinations and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and infections, contraception and family planning, urinary tract infection treatments, and other primary care services. Planned Parenthood’s annual report for the year 2014 estimates that abortions represented only 3% of the care provided by the the organization. – Los Angeles Times
OnTuesday, January 17th, Californians can join hundreds of Planned Parenthood supporters, state legislators, and actors and activists Lena Dunham and Wilson Cruz, who’ll be rallying at the State Capitol. The GOP is moving to defund Planned Parenthood and it is up to us all to protect the quality preventive and reproductive care that Planned Parenthood health centers provides.
By standing united as we “Pink Out the State Capitol,” you can send a message that #IStandWithPP and #WeWontGoBack.
RSVP HERE: http://www.ppaction.org/site/PageNavigator/ca_ppac_2017_PinkOutDay_RSVP_Page.html?_ga=1.247022916.1709372134.1484325311