It feels a little strange to file this under shit I like. It should probably be filed under something more like shit people need or shit people (*cough* republicans *cough*) should shut the fuck up about until they have correct information and/or can accurately describe female anatomy. It sickens me that there is such an agenda against this organization. I seriously wanted to start throwing things when this topic came up during the last GOP debate. I don’t understand how these people can be so out of touch and uninformed, and Carly Fiorina is a disappointment to women. Maybe that’s harsh, but it’s hard to watch a woman turning her back on the needs of other women.
Like so many people, both women and men, I went to Planned Parenthood when I didn’t know where else to go. There was a pretty substantial period in my early twenties that I didn’t have health insurance. I had forgone my annual check-ups for about 3 years. As much as I hate having metal tools stuck up me, I know how very well important those annual exams are. During this time, I also moved in with a female roommate, and I started dating Harrison. Moving in with another girl led to extreme irregularity to a point that it was a little scary. Some say it’s a myth that women sync up when they are around each other a lot. That shit is real. I was 24 when Harrison I started dating, and I stopped believing in abstinence as a realistic idea when I was about 16. You figure it out. My body was betraying me, and I really needed to do something. I called a local clinic, and they couldn’t get me in for weeks. They were also extremely expensive without insurance. So I called Planned Parenthood. They had weekend appointments and could get me in within a couple of days. They were also much more affordable, and I would also have access to birth control.
Like most people who seek help from Planned Parenthood, I didn’t go there for an abortion; I went there for a routine exam and birth control because I did not have another option. That is what Planned Parenthood does. They give people access to healthcare they may not have access to otherwise.
Yes, they also offer provide abortion services. There has been some speculation into how much of Planned Parenthood’s service are related to abortion services. Fact checker’s say that it is likely more than the 3% Planned Parenthood reports based on the revenue they, but it is hard to be sure what the actual percentage is. Regardless of the actual percentage, which is likely still low, the bottom line is that women will make difficult decisions about their pregnancies and their bodies whether Planned Parenthood exists or not. Defunding Planned Parenthood doesn’t eliminate abortion. The difference with Planned Parenthood is that they can be provided with proper care and counsel through a difficult decision. And don’t get me started on the absurd videos.
Since we’re on the topic of women’s healthcare, can I address the idiots who are against my birth control being covered by my insurance? Imagine me giving you the middle finger with both hands and toes right now because you are an uninformed asshole. Birth control is not solely used for the purpose of preventing pregnancy. It is often prescribed to treat other health concerns like acne, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, etc…When I initially started taking birth control at the age of 21, it was because I contemplated downing a bottle of prescription strength pain relievers when I was PMSing. The doctor told me I was showing symptoms of PMDD (Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder). I was what you might call a late bloomer, and I wasn’t even having sex! The doctor prescribed a cocktail of Yazmin and a low dose of Prozac, so I wouldn’t feel so awful anymore. Furthermore, you are the same people who use words like “moocher” to describe people utilizing government assistance. If you do not believe contraception should be covered and want every fetus to be born, should you not be on the side of ensuring that all of these children are cared for? It’s disgusting hypocrisy.
To end this on a positive note, thank you for all you do for both women and men, Planned Parenthood. I will continue to stand with you.
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