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I have never taken birth control pills, and would not consider doing so.

I have never had an abortion, and would not consider doing so.

Heck, I don’t even like Planned Parenthood all that much. I made an appointment for a well-woman exam at PP when I was twenty-one & broke; then walked out after I sat in their waiting room for three solid hours (and this was with an appointment. I shudder to think how long one would wait for a walk-in). I decided it was worth the extra money to go to a nurse-practitioner and save myself the time and aggravation.

All that said…

…There are over 155,000,000 women in the United States who are not me; who have different needs than me.

Those women may need birth control– either for contraception, or to help with other medical issues such as severe menstrual pain or migraines (Fun fact: a 2011 study found that 762,000 women who have never had sex use birth control pills for non-contraceptive reasons [source]). They may need one of the many services Planned Parenthood offers at a low cost. Or, heaven forbid, they may need an abortion. It’s not nice to think about, I agree; but it’s not our place to judge.

I want those women to have access to those things; things that they need for their health. It’s not a matter of “freedom of religion,” it’s a matter of human rights. This is not the greatest country in the world if a person cannot get the medical care that they need because it goes against another persons “beliefs.” When that becomes the case, we’re no better than Afghanistan.

As the magnificent Brittany Gibbons once said: “Stop reducing the importance of women’s healthcare to such a petty political talking point. It’s insulting.

Bottom line: If you’re against birth control, don’t take it. If you’re against abortion, don’t have one. If you dislike Planned Parenthood, don’t go there.

But for the love of Pete, don’t take those things away from people who need them.

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