I Needed Planned Parenthood

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By: “Kiah”


“For me, I knew having an abortion was the right, albeit incredibly difficult decision. I was single, I knew I could not afford to feed another person, I would have to leave school.”

The words “Planned Parenthood” evoke many emotions. Some focus solely on the pregnancy terminating resources the agency provides. Others consider it a low cost option (for some the only option) for healthcare services and love it. It’s a place where a woman can see a doctor for  her reproductive health, cancer screening, prenatal care, as well family planning resources. The organization has played a major role in the feminist movement by empowering women to decide what to do with their own bodies.

Despite offering many crucial reproductive health services, abortion is at the center of the debate for the organization’s existence.  There are many reasons a woman may choose to terminate a pregnancy and all of those reasons should be decided by that woman with the help of her doctor.  

For me, I knew having an abortion was the right, albeit incredibly difficult decision. I was single, I knew I could not afford to feed another person, I would have to leave school.

I am not alone.  Many of my friends have had to make the similar, at times haunting, decision. Ending a pregnancy is not done without deep consideration, yet others who are like me, are regularly faced with barriers to receive the care they deserve.  Choosing to have an abortion does not make anyone a bad person, in fact, we are stronger people. Stronger people who should not have to answer to anyone else for their own bodies.

Abortions will exist for as long as unwanted pregnancies do. They will not go away even if critics of Planned Parenthood find a way to make the agency disappear. I would not be on the path to college graduation and my daughter would not be getting started as a college bound rising senior if it were not for Planned Parenthood. We should all support, defend, and celebrate what Planned Parenthood provides for women.      


Teale Fox