It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since the infamous anti-abortion organization The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released their so-called secret recordings, which have since been debunked and proven to be fraudulent and altered. Each of the video’s creators have been indicted for their actions, but continue to be martyrs for the ultra-conservative-right, which feeds on the ignorance of its constituents. And, it pisses me off because Planned Parenthood is single-handedly responsible for my sexual safety.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood stood with me through HPV and two pregnancies. I can rest assured I don’t have cervical cancer because Planned Parenthood diagnosed my HPV and provided me with a cervical cancer screening. Today I am both HPV and cervical cancer free thanks to Planned Parenthood, who provides services to low-income people without medical insurance. Thanks also to Planned Parenthood for confirming my pregnancies and providing me with local prenatal care options.
Despite the facts, 12 states initiated investigations against Planned Parenthood in a witch hunt that agitated my liberal sensibilities and inspired me to take action. Without much forethought or planning, I created the Facebook group, We Stand with Western NY Planned Parenthood. I planned a peaceful and supportive demonstration and myself, my friend Olivia, and my husband Robert held signs in support of an organization I believed in. There had been an influx in anti-abortion protestors (those people who cherry pick their beliefs from the Bible. I like to call them Bible Dippers, such as the characters in Augustin Burroughs’s beloved memoir, “Running with Scissors”).
I reached out to Planned Parenthood of Western NY to see if they would support our action. Being that Planned Parenthood is a helpful, quality, classy organization, they don’t encourage rallies even when they’re pro-abortion and pro-healthcare. Planned Parenthood puts patients first, and this means ensuring their privacy. They told us that like all protestors, we could utilize the public space along the sidewalk. This was a message delivered to me by Kate, who I won’t state her last name or position in the company for her safety and privacy, but who plays a significant role in the organization. Her position and professional demeanor and kindness immediately had an impact on me. I am impressed by her, and I admire her tenacity, service, and dedication.
On a rainy afternoon in mid-fall, Olivia, Robert, and I held signs Continue reading