Attention: Mitch Daniels & Sheila Klinker
The entire time that I was a student, from undergraduate days through grad school, in Missouri, Arkansas, and Indiana, Planned Parenthood was my primary health care provider. I was not often sick, but I did need to see a doctor at least once a year for an Annual Exam, and it was rare in those days for a campus health center to offer any kind of gynecological service, even a Pap smear.
Luckily for me, Planned Parenthood was always nearby, in an accessible location and an accessible building. I kept my appointments there without any harassment or stigma or erroneous assumption that abortion was the only service a woman might seek at Planned Parenthood. As I recall, it was considered a logical, sensible, affordable, responsible option for meeting routine needs. It pains me to realize that this is not still the case.
It should be.
I am grateful for those years of available, reliable, dignified health care from Planned Parenthood, so readily provided that I took it for granted without ever giving it a second thought. Now I find it distressing and inequitable for Planned Parenthood of Indiana to be under attack. I want to live in a country and a state where any student seeking health care can visit Planned Parenthood unimpeded by political squabbling and hectoring.