My choice? Healthy families.

I don’t think I can read one more article about how Planned Parenthood is being defunded. So I’m writing about it instead. (Don’t test the logic of a woman seven months pregnant!) It seems that there are a few misconceptions out there about what Planned Parenthood spends most of their time doing (hint—it’s not abortions). 

This makes my heart heavy. I personally owe my ability to plan for my family to Planned Parenthood. And they’ve been vital to many women’s ability to stay healthy.

What does this have to do with violence in relationships? A lot. Many abusers sabotage birth control or make the consequences of not having sex too scary. This limits a woman’s choices around getting pregnant and increases her risk of sexually transmitted infections. Basically, this kind of abuse can affect a woman’s plan for her life and overall health.

For a lot of uninsured folks, Planned Parenthood is one of the only times they see a medical professional. I’m not an expert on how Planned Parenthood screens for abuse, but I have been to clinics in Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and Washington State, and can say that there was information in all those clinics about local domestic violence programs. I fear that the defunding of Planned Parenthood will mean one less place a survivor of abuse might get help.

One thought on “My choice? Healthy families.”

  1. The problem lies with who you choose as a partner. If you look for someone who is kind ,considerate, intelligent and willing to share hopes,emotions and plans,then there is always a solution. If you choose someone who is attractive,good looking,has money,is a laugh or any of the other superficial reasons then you are asking for trouble. So many people marry without any real consideration,hence the high rates of divorce and other things much worse. I asked three friends what attracted them to their original now divorced partners. !. He had a sexy bum and tight trousers. 2. He was always the life a soul of the party.3. She looked like Audrey Hepburn. DOH!

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