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{August 4, 2011}   Politics Got Me Pregnant

This probably makes me a terrible person, but I’m really happy about this happening.

It’s an article about a doctor who is upset because a teenage patient of his got pregnant after Planned Parenthood was cut off from Medicaid (her insurance provider) and she wasn’t able to get her birth control re-filled.

While I’m not ‘excited’ about a teenager getting pregnant, and her whole world being thrown askew, I am excited that this is happening, and I’m really excited that they’re pointing the finger at Planned Parenthood haters. Because now we’re shoving evidence in their faces.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’ll ignore said evidence (She should have gotten birth control somewhere else/she should have made her boyfriend wear a condom/(or god forbid) she’s too young to be having sex anyway-lets throw more money at abstinence only programs, (because we all know how well they work)) And yeah, it sucks that she didn’t get BC somewhere else. But you have to remember, she’s a teenager.

Speaking from my own experience, it’s really hard to get BC at a regular doctor’s office. Often times they have their own beliefs and biases. If you’re from a religious community and its a family doctor, I can imagine it’s pretty damn difficult to ask for BC. Personally, I would worry about the doctor telling my parents, I would fear judgment from the doctor or nurse, and wonder what sort of bias they’re leaning towards (and where they got the information they’re giving me). I’d be terrified to ask anyone who may know my family for help, I’d be afraid of getting in trouble. (And, as a teenager, I was terrified of my parents finding out, I was afraid of getting into trouble, and most of all, I was horrified at the thought of having to discuss sex with my parents. That’s how teenagers are!)

For arguments sake, I’m going to go ahead and assume she made her boyfriend wear a condom. She sounds smart, having gone to a clinic in the first place, and the article makes it seem that she had plans for her future that didn’t involve children. Condoms have a lower effective rate than a lot of other types of BC (especially the hormonal types) And accidents happen quite often with condoms. They slip, they rip, they come off inside you, you could have a pesky sibling who pokes holes in them, for all you know! So let’s just say she was smart and she got screwed (no pun intended… but tee hee) and now she has to deal with the consequences. It sucks that this happened to her, I don’t think anyone will argue that.

But, in our war against women’s rights haters/pro-choice extremists/religious zealots/whatever you want to label them as, this is a pretty great step. We have a young girl who tried to get help, and the government neglected her health care. And the article even puts Planned Parenthood in a nice spotlight. So wahoo! Small victories count. I hope everyone who reads this forwards it on and spreads the news; this new health care reform is bullshit

 

*By the by, I’m not discouraging condoms in ANY way. Personally I recommend condoms AND a type of birth control, because condoms are your best protection against STD’s. I’m just saying, it’s best to have a back-up plan. And Medicaid took that away from this girl.

*Also, my heart goes out to the girl. No matter what choice she makes with this pregnancy, I hope she thinks of herself and her future first, and can keep her chin up high enough to steer clear of the stigma. And I really hope she has a great support system. I wish her luck.



{May 6, 2011}   Letter published in NUVO

The most recent news I have is that NUVO published a letter I wrote in regards to Mitch Daniels signing the bill to defund Planned Parenthood. They chose to put the letter next to their article about the bill, instead of just on the Opinions page. Which is a big deal for me. As an unemployed writer, begging for work, it’s nice to have something to add to my resume. And it feels pretty damn fantastic to know that someone cared enough about my thoughts and opinions to actually print it in a well known news-source.

The only problem I had with them publishing it was that I was afraid of what my mother’s reaction might be. In the letter, I detail my personal experience with rape, and the challenges I faced in overcoming the attacks. (Which I kept secret for years, even some of my best friends didn’t know until the article came out.) Planned Parenthood was there for me. They’ve always been the first place I’ve turned to when I worry something is wrong with my body.

The following text is what they published in the paper. Unfortunately, they didn’t post it online, so I can’t link to it. But I will provide a link to their article about the HEA 1210 bill, because I feel it’s important to be informed, so that you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I am a young, white, middle-class, well-educated woman who has been to Planned Parenthood of Indiana many times over the years. But I have never had an abortion. Then why have I gone to Planned Parenthood over the years?

Because as a struggling undergraduate, Planned Parenthood made it easy for me to afford health care, including check-ups, breast cancer screenings, pap smears, and educational information. They provided all these services on a sliding scale based on income, even when I had no income.

More importantly, Planned Parenthood helped me after I was the victim of sexual abuse while at college. This man threatened me and manipulated me into thinking that the whole thing was my fault. But to this day, I can’t think of anything I may have said to him that could have been inferred as “Please, slam my head against that concrete wall.” or “Please, hold a pillow over my face while you force me to have sex with you, so that I can’t scream for help.”  Yet, for years I believed it was my fault. I thought I should have been smarter, I should have been stronger, I should know how to pick better ‘friends’.

Now I am smarter. And I’m gaining my strength by sharing my story. I couldn’t have done that and I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.  They provided counseling and encouraged me to get out of the situation. They helped me get vaccinated and treated for the STD he gave me. They gave me discounted testing and the information I needed to stay safe in the future. They provided their services to me at a low cost because I couldn’t hold a job due to the trauma I’d survived and the mental anguish it caused me.

I am one of Planned Parenthood’s 22,000 patients whose health is being jeopardized by HEA 1210. I don’t claim that all of the others are in the same situation that I was. But some of them are.

Why are we challenging these women in their time of need? Why are we forcing Indiana women to go to great lengths- often at the risk of their own health or even life- just to obtain health care? Don’t all women in Indiana deserve the care and the chance at a healthy future that I was lucky enough to find at Planned Parenthood?

Maggie Moore

Indianapolis, Ind.

Here’s the article about the bill.

They toned down my voice, and I originally had some strong words for Daniels, but I understand why they edited the way they did. But if you’re interested, I decided to post bits of my original letter as well. The middle part was about the same, so it’s not included below. And I apologize for this post being so long.

I am a young, white, middle-class, well-educated woman in Indiana, and I’m deeply hurt by what’s going on with the War on Women. It absolutely astounds me that the government can even CONSIDER de-funding Planned Parenthood. It infuriates me that people are still using the word ‘abortion’ as an umbrella to overshadow all the health services provided by PP.

I have been to Planned Parenthood many, many times over the years. I have never had an abortion. Why? Because PP provided me with birth control. As I was struggling through as an undergrad, PP made it easy for me to afford health care, including check-ups, breast cancer screenings, pap smears,  and educational information. (More importantly, unbiased FACTS about what is really going on, and how to stay healthy.) They provided all these services on a sliding scale because I didn’t have any income.

I am one of Planned Parenthood’s 22,000 people who’s health is being jeopardized by the bill Mitch Daniels is signing in an attempt to help his campaign. I don’t claim that ALL of the others are in the same situation that I was. But SOME of them are. Why are we challenging them in their time of need? Why are we forcing them to go to great lengths- often at the risk of their own health or even life- just to obtain health care? Don’t they deserve the care and the chance at a healthy future that I was lucky enough to find? Why is our government taking their hope and safety away, just because the word ‘abortion’ is such a sensitive topic?

It’s unfair. And I won’t stand for it. I want Daniels to know how much he’s hurting me- and thousands of others- and I want him to know how truly ashamed of him I am. A real leader stands for those who need him, not the people who strike down issues like health care, and are too afraid of being disliked to do what they know is right. What kind of leader are you, Mitch?

-Maggie

Oh, and just for the record (I still have to date in this town, ya know?) The STD was chlamydia, and I found out about it in ’06, and after a long row with antibiotics, it’s been cured. I’ve been tested for it every year since then (at Planned Parenthood) and always come back with negative test results.



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