I have been hearing more and more stories about people who are protesting Planned Parenthood and how there are still people out there who would like the place closed down. So, I have decided to share a story for everyone to know why Planned Parenthood is needed.
There is a girl, a year older than me. She is my best friend, the one who I would go to any lengths to help (and she would do the same for me). I will call her Marcia in this article (not her actual name). She has a boyfriend who she will be getting married to someday- they are in love with each other. They are sexually active, and I don’t mind, but I am always afraid because even though they practice VERY SAFE sex (at least one form of birth control, usually two) they have faced an extremely scary situation before.
They did it for the first time. And then, a few weeks later, things got weird. She got bad stomach-aches and went to the doctor. Then after doing some tests on her, our doctor told us Marcia had an STD: chlamydia. Fortunately, there is a Planned Parenthood in our town, and she and her boyfriend got treated quickly. And I am so thankful for that.
But what if there WASN’T a Planned Parenthood anywhere nearby? Her family is not rich by any means; having to go on a long drive would have put a large strain on them financially. (They already rack up a lot of medical costs as it is) Or what if the Planned Parenthood we went to had been attacked by anti-choice extremists? Or what if she faced threats from people who thought she was getting an abortion, instead of necessary medical treatment?
Planned Parenthood saved my best friend’s life, and yet few people seem to realize that Planned Parenthood does non-abortion services, and thus many people are trying to get it closed and there are people who bomb clinics that provide abortions or even clinics that they THINK provide abortions. (There was an infamous case where a man bombed a woman’s health clinic because he thought it provided abortions. It didn’t.)
I am, of course, in favor of abortion. But even if I wasn’t, I would still support Planned Parenthood. It is about abortion, but so much more, too. Marcia could have become infertile, she might have even died, if it wasn’t for this clinic.. but some people protest to try and get it shut down?! Really!?
This is one of the many reasons we still need feminism; women have to fight to keep clinics open that save lives every day, just because not everyone agrees with ONE out of dozens of services it supplies.
We still need feminism because people are protesting the clinic that saved the life of my best friend in the world. We need feminism because every day, women have to fight for our right to live-and live freely.