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I met Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, last night at the SB5 protest. I was geekin’ out.

I met Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, last night at the SB5 protest. I was geekin’ out.

I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.

I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.

Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.

When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.

And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.

I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.

I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do.

Curious Georgiana (via ummhuraira)

Pretty much crying my eyes out here.

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sunshineuncertaintyprinciple:

floating-in-a-daydream:

If pro choicer’s don’t want to be called “pro abortion”, I suggest they stop calling pro lifers “anti choice”. Because if there is one thing we believe in its providing multiple choices, better choices.

The experience I’ve had with anti-choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers is that only one choice is emphasized: adoption to a white, heterosexual (and preferably Christian) couple who is willing to pay a hefty finder’s fee to the CPC.

I know women who have been actively discouraged from parenting by CPCs and by anti-choice individuals, who claim “that baby needs a mother AND a father or it will turn out just like you.” And even when a CPC does provide aid to a woman who chooses to parent, most anti-choicers still vote conservative, which means they vote against WIC, food stamps, housing assistance, CCDF (daycare assistance), and other forms of government aid that would allow more people to choose to parent.

On the other hand, I’ve accompanied a woman set on aborting her unplanned pregnancy to Planned Parenthood, the epitome of pro-choice organizations. PP offered her information about abortion, adoption, and parenting with no judgement, and a helpful volunteer sat, listened, and helped my friend research potential adoptive parents for an entire afternoon. My friend thought she was going to go with adoption when she walked out of that Planned Parenthood.

But then her mother- her very pro-choice, Catholic mother - offered her support for my friend and said she would help her to parent if that’s what she wanted.

Today my friend is the mother of a toddler that she has parented since his birth. And it happened because pro-choice people listened to her and offered her their love and support.

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Substituting the Morning-After Pill with Birth Control Pills

plannedparenthood:


Someone asked us:

I was once told that if you can’t get the morning after pill that taking 5-7 days worth of the daily pill at once can be an acceptable substitute. Is that true?

Some brands of birth control pills can be used as emergency contraception, but not all of them. You can check out this chart to see what brands can be used and how to use them. (As a general rule, progestin-only birth control pills cannot be used as emergency contraception, only combination pills can.)

If you do use your birth control as emergency contraception, you should continue taking the rest of your pill pack as your normally would, but skip the placebo pills — your period week pills. Then continue on normally with the next pack. Your period might be irregular for the next month, but that’s totally normal.

- Nina at Planned Parenthood

I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.

I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.

Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.

When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.

And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.

I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.

I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do.

Curious Georgiana  (via thenewwomensmovement)

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Planned Parenthood is on Tumblr!

blaineanderbation:

barackobama:

plannedparenthood:

Planned Parenthood is excited to be launching our new Tumblr that’s all about sexual and reproductive health – bodies, birth control, relationship issues, “is it normal for this to do this?” type things. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing what we know, answering questions, and just… tumblring. 

We hope you like it! And we hope it helps.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

#should we start shipping the obama tumblr with the planned parenthood tumblr now

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tehsunshine:

greenstate:

lianamaris:

Things that cannot screen for breast cancer and things that can.

i love mass backlash!

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH THIS SPATULA THEN?!!
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tehsunshine:

greenstate:

lianamaris:

Things that cannot screen for breast cancer and things that can.

i love mass backlash!

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH THIS SPATULA THEN?!!

boobspatula.gif

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You Actually Believe Planned Parenthood Genuinely Cares About Your Womanhood?

alittlepainalittlepleasure:

They care about their money, just like every other industry. If you actually believe Planned Parenthood gives two fucks about you NOT getting pregnant, then you really need to grow up. It’s all about the money people, stop being so stupid.

Yup. All about money. That’s why, when a condom broke while I was having sex, they gave me EC… for free, since I was a poor high school student. Totally after my money.

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

Margret Sanger

I just read a very interesting blog post over at Ms. magazine that analyzed why the anti-choice movement often compares slavery to abortion. The article can be found here. I have heard the comparison before and have always found it an offensive and wrong one. It seems that women are the ones losing their “personhood” under anti-choice laws. When anti-choice laws are in affect a women is a slave to her own biology. A fetus is not a person and cannot be compared to slaves in any way, to attempt to do so is offensive and downright wrong.

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