I‘ve been grateful for the services of ‪#‎PlannedParenthood‬ on two occasions:

In the first instance, I had returned from living abroad and needed an annual check up. The kinds of check ups that help to diagnose things like cancer, which if caught early, can literally save women’s lives. Having been living abroad, I did not have insurance that covered me in the United States. I called my local Planned Parenthood and I was able to get in to see a doctor within a few days. I received careful, kind, and high quality care. The service was free because I was a poor, unpaid, and uninsured university student.

The second time I was grateful for Planned Parenthood, I was traveling out of state and realized I had developed a UTI from dehydration. I had a fever, I didn’t have access to a local doctor, and I wouldn’t have been able to get in to see one in time to be functional the next day for a major work project. I was able to walk into the conveniently located Planned Parenthood clinic to get diagnosed and treated. On this occasion I was gainfully employed, and in addition to the cost of my appointment (something like $20) I made a donation to support other women and men who find themselves hard up because they are in full time education, underemployed, or otherwise strapped for cash.

3% of Planned Parenthood’s work is non-federally funded - i.e. privately funded - safe and legal termination. The services I have described above are those that constitute the overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood’s work.

I have been, and continue to be, a grateful recipient of ‪#‎theother97percent‬.