What Planned Parenthood means to me

As a low-income women in the U.S my options for reproductive health care are quite limited. When I discovered the non-profit Planned Parenthood I was a little skeptical of how well they would be able to support my needs, but I was amazed. They cared about my health are more importantly they didn’t care about my inability to pay. Often times Planned Parenthood is swapped as a buzzword that only conjures up ideas of abortion or stem cell research. But what few people know is that the majority of procedures and services provided by this organization are not abortions. It provides  270,000 Pap tests , more than 360,000 breast exams , 4.2 million std tests are ran, and prevents about 579,000 unintended pregnancies a year (source: plannedparenthood.org). I was given the opportunity to send my own personal story to be read in front of Missouri congressmen and women. Roy Blunt refused to see the importance of this organization and agreed to keep it funded only if Planned Parenthood stopped performing abortions which isn’t going to happen. We will not compromise on any area of women’s health care and that experience only made me want to fight harder for Reproductive rights.


I’m glad she’s planning to run for office someday!

For those of you who are unaware, it is already illegal for Federal Funds to be used for abortions. Nevertheless, Rich White American Men on Capitol Hill — men who have their health care paid for by the American public under a special plan for Congressmen and Senators only, which is paid for by tax […]

via What gives White Men to the right to take away a woman’s right to basic health care? — idealisticrebel

Planned Parenthood Story: #3

I used Planned Parenthood in Warrensburg from age 21 to 27. I had insurance, but mine did not cover birth control so that’s why I went there. It was always inexpensive and the staff was friendly. That was in the 80’s! They always answered my questions and if they didn’t know they would find the answer or suggest going to a regular doctor. I’ve been to the Planned Parenthood in Kansas City with my sister when she was in an abusive relationship, got pregnant, and he beat her up pretty bad so she decided to get an abortion. I supported her and so did the nurses there. They told her if she didn’t want to have the baby she could give it up for adoption , but it was her choice. I think Planned Parenthood is a great program especially now.  There needs to be options out there for young ladies to get help with yearly exams, birth control, etc.


I love to see other women being empowered by their womanhood!

I don’t want this blog post to be full of rambling statistics regarding the ‘wage gap,’ or general statistics regarding gender equality; rather I want to use this blog post to promote the fundamental idea’s of ‘International Women’s Day’ (March 8th), and why I am so passionate about it. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, […]

via Why international women’s day is important to me —

Planned Parenthood Stories: #2


“My first year of college I was no longer being assisted by my mother for medical insurance and therefore I had to be responsible for my own health including my reproductive health. After researching, many resources pointed me to Planned Parenthood to meet my needs. I was a little worried about the quality of care I would receive from a non-profit facility and how much they would actually be able to assist me. After visiting the Planned Parenthood in my town I was amazed! I was able to get estrogen birth control at virtually no cost. They were so compassionate and I knew I was in good hands.  Shortly after I began receiving care my local Planned Parenthood was closed down without any warning to me. I was devastated. I couldn’t help but feeling like my rights were being violated. Since that time I’ve had to drive about 50 miles to the Planned Parenthood in Kansas City and have been receiving care at that location. I can’t tell you how much they have helped me. I’ve gotten birth control, STD testing, a well woman exam, a breast exam, and pregnancy tests all at almost no cost to me. Planned parenthood is the reason I’ve never needed an abortion. Now I’m afraid that women like me who can’t afford to go to a primary care facility are going to be left without any options. “