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
If you follow me on social media, this will not shock you.
I support Hillary Clinton for many reasons. I’m a lifelong Democrat, so that’s no shocker. And obviously I’m thrilled to see a women busting her way through the glass ceiling. I clearly remember stupid arguments with boys in school about how a woman could never be president because of…. P M S! Such bullshit.
I just wish my grandma were here to vote for her as well. I know she would be over the moon! And she never missed an election. She was very proud to vote and instilled that value in us.
I’m for Hillary Clinton. She stands up for American values. She cares. She listens to those around her. She doesn’t let all the shit hold her back. She gets knocked down and springs right back up. The fact that she isn’t curled in a ball in her bed like I feel like doing when I’m knocked down is just amazing to me.
Too many times, I let failures and setbacks dictate stupid shit.
Hillary goes for her goals no matter how many times people try to knock her down. She steps up to the podium and says DEAL ME IN!
Well you know what?!
I need to take a page from her playbook.
I want my girls to look back on their childhood and see their mom as fearless and unstoppable.
And I want them to grow up in a world where they aren’t held back because of anything.
I’m With Her!
I haven’t been myself lately. Something is not quite right.
If I had an abortion, you wouldn’t know by looking at me.
It probably would have been when I was much younger. Early college maybe. When I was unsure of myself and barely even knew who I was.
I might have gone to Planned Parenthood. Or some other clinic. Surely not my health insurance where my parents might find out.
It would have been better to visit those clinics before having to make a choice about abortion so I could get some birth control and sex education. Because at my catholic high school, we were told birth control was bad. And so was sex. But somehow it seemed like the birth control was even worse. I remember getting many conflicting messages. Would a decision to have an abortion been out of the question? I don’t know.
Maybe I wouldn’t have known what else to do. Disappoint my family? Force my boyfriend to step up to a lifetime commitment that he wasn’t ready for either? We broke up a few times throughout our relationship and we didn’t make it for the long haul.
Maybe I wouldn’t like myself very much for having one. Or maybe I liked myself enough that I chose what was best for me at the time.
I’m sure I would have been very ashamed. Because, that Catholic guilt is strong. I might have gone to confession. I may have gone to counseling. I may have made peace with it.
I wouldn’t have been forced to go through illegal channels for it. Or try questionable methods on my own. Because I was a young adult during a time when abortion was legal and available.
I’m a mom to four girls. What if they found themselves in such a position? I would hope that they would come to me. Of course.
But maybe they wouldn’t. They should at the very least have a place to go for assistance. I’m talking about reproductive health resources. Not just access to abortion. Because places like Planned Parenthood provide comprehensive services. Without shame.
What if I had an abortion after a date rape? I wouldn’t be surprised if someone I know has had to face that choice. When I was a young adult, the morning after pill wasn’t even an option.
What if I had an abortion when I was older? Maybe a medical decision made with my husband and doctor, after careful consideration and reflection. What if it were a choice of saving my own life? Of course it would be heart wrenching. But shouldn’t a woman in this position be able to make the choice to live?
I was blessed to experience my pregnancies without being faced with such a difficult decision because of a life threatening issue. But I know people who did. Several women, as a matter of fact.
Maybe my younger self chose against having an abortion. Maybe I would have another child right now in my family. Or maybe I would be like many birth mothers who gave her baby to a loving family to raise as their own. Either decision would have been just as difficult.
But here’s the thing.
Women’s right to choose should not be infringed upon by politicians. Women face this complicated decision for all sorts of reasons. Medical or personal, it’s still a decision a woman makes for her own body, health, and well-being. And now politicians are trying to create new obstacles and take away access.
If I had chosen an abortion, it would be my business. And also, my right. Abortion is legal. And it isn’t anyone’s business to infringe on that choice.