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Without going into all the personal details of my childhood, let’s just say I was thrown into adulthood at very early age. After my freshman year, I was pretty much on my own, my dad was in jail and my mom well she had a new husband who didn’t want me around. I started hanging out with other troubled kids and of course getting into all kinds of trouble. My friend who was worried about my lifestyle took me to my first Planned Parenthood appointment.
I remember exactly how I felt when I walked in and saw how comforting everything looked. I was so nervous but by the time I walked out I felt like a found a place where I can get help without feeling embarrassed. Everyone greeted me with a smile and handshake. At age 17 this impressed me a lot! I spoke with the nurse and doctor who was incredibly kind. The doctor wanted to know my sexual history, and at first, I was scared but she walked me through everything, and that was the first time I shared the abuse I endured when I was younger. The doctor comforted me and gave me counseling information plus the reason why I was there….birth control.
Planned Parenthood was my go-to place for birth control (which was very affordable), yearly pap smears, prenatal care, and taught me how to do breast exams on myself. I felt comfortable and not embarrassed when I went in and for a young woman that is imperative. Young women already have so many issues so being able to go to a place that is there to help you in this stage of life is important.
I’m grateful I had Planned Parenthood in my life, and I plan to introduce it to my teen daughter soon. I know she is not ready to have sex, but I want her to feel the comfort I experienced about getting the help and guidance she will need when she is ready. Now that I hear that Planned Parenthood might not be available for her, it makes me very upset. Why take a resource away that helps MILLIONS of people a year. Makes no sense to me at all!
I keep thinking about where I would be if I didn’t have Planned Parenthood in my life back then. I’m sure I would have gotten a couple STD’s and wouldn’t have got the treatment needed causing possible fertility issues down the road. Plus I might have a couple more kids than I do now. Making sure everyone (men included) have available and affordable coverage is necessary.
What I don’t understand is why the AHCA (American Health Care Act) is trying to remove our choices. Plus it is the worst bill for women’s health in a generation. We don’t want to go backward!
The AHCA BILL will:
- Block low-income patients from receiving health care at Planned Parenthood health centers
- Eliminates protections for the millions with pre-existing conditions
- Discriminates against women
- Eliminates maternity coverage, newborn care, and other Essential Health Benefits (EHB) coverage standards
- Forces new mothers with Medicaid coverage to find work shortly after giving birth
- Kicks millions of women and men off their insurance
- Ends Medicaid expansion
- Guts the Medicaid program
- Imposing Additional Costs on Women
- Reduces women’s access to no-copay birth control
- Creates a nationwide ban on abortion coverage
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