Saturday, May 14, 2011

Planned Parenthood

Indiana Health Insurance Emblem

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.

and I vote!

2 comments:

  1. March 2012: Very annoying to hear Rush Limbaugh complain that pharmacy benefits are an extravagance. In fact, women need hormone coverage for many reasons. Maybe his wives have been lucky -- no acne, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, menopause, migraines, or ovarian cysts. Not that Rush needs to know why I might be taking estrogen, that's between me and my doctor. And don't forget, he has no children -- would he feel differently if he had a daughter?

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  2. April 27, 2011
    HB 1210 Repealing Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 32) Yea
    Sheila Klinker (D) -- voted Yea, in favor of repealing funds



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