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ehrnst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 03:41 PM
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This mother's day, I donated to Planned Parenthood in honor of my mom and sis because:
When I was not long out of grad school I made the responsible decision to pay my student loans instead of getting health insurance. I was young, and had a medical rider on my car insurance, thinking if I required major medical care, it would be because of a car accident.

Planned Parenthood was my primary care physician during those years. They required that I come in for a pelvic every 6 months in order to renew my prescription for contraceptives.

One of those exams revealed severely precancerous cells. They did the further testing, and subsequent cold knife cone biopsy. I had follow up with them every 3 months and had one more cold knife procedure.

I was able to afford it only at PP, because my adjunct faculty teaching position, and two part time jobs didn't give me any benefits.

So, I didn't get cancer, didn't have to get a hysterectomy, or die, because I was able to go to PP.

I am alive and have a beautiful 8 year old son, born when I was 40, because PLANNED PARENTHOOD had funding that allowed me to get the screening and treatment in time.

To those people that think only of abortion when they hear Planned Parenthood, I can only say that I am alive, fertile and have a son because of Planned Parenthood.

Do they think that me and my son don't deserve to be alive?

That is why I donated to PP for mother's day.

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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 03:43 PM
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1. K&R. I wish I could R it twice.
Edited on Sat May-07-11 03:45 PM by Brickbat
Planned Parenthood helped me when Mr. Brickbat's insurance didn't cover me and I needed an annual exam and BCP. I became a supporting member after his insurance kicked in and I didn't need them anymore. I didn't need them anymore, but other people do. I wish people would educate themselves about the services PP provides.
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 03:44 PM
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2. I'll be happy to 2nd your rec. n/t
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ehrnst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 03:58 PM
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5. Yes! (nt)
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 03:46 PM
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3. Great mothers' day story!
Happy mother's day
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ehrnst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 03:54 PM
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4. My Mom told my sis and mr about PP
Edited on Sat May-07-11 03:54 PM by ehrnst
And that they were honest, affordable and dependable.

She told us (when we were ready to go to college) that our family doctor had told her that the Trich infection that she developed was something "that women just got sometimes." After she divorced my father, and went to Planned Parenthood, they told her that it was a sexually transmitted disease you got from your partner. She realized then that the family physician had been protecting my father, who had been unfaithful, as she suspected.

She told us to trust PP to give us dependable information.

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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:08 PM
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6. That's a helluva story from your mom.
What a horrible, horrible doctor!
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ehrnst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:11 PM
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7. Thanks!!! (nt)
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:12 PM
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8. That is an amazing testimonial!
I wish more people could read it.

It might just change some minds about the real worth of PP.

Thank you for telling us!

Recommended.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:12 PM
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9. Recommend
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:57 PM
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10. a most heartfelt k and r
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murrayhillfarm Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 05:09 PM
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11. YES!
Thank you for this!
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 06:51 PM
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12. Link for donation. And thank you for yours.
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Left coast liberal Donating Member (889 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:50 PM
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13. Wonderful post!
I grew up with PP too.
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