I love Mother and Father’s Day. They are great Sundays; reminding us to spend time with our families. Today, Sam and I will be heading to Cincinnati to visit with my Mom and Dad and brother and sister-in-law and of course my adorable niece and nephew.
But this past Thursday, Mom and I got the chance to hear Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati. It made my Mom think of how lucky she was to have access to Planned Parenthood even before I was born. Here is what she had to say:
“One of the women in attendance at this event asked me how long I have been associated with Planned Parenthood. That question has made me give a lot of thought to women’s fight through the years to gain control of our health, particularly our reproductive health.
I am over 60 years old and when I was a young adult pharmaceutical contraception was in its infancy. Many doctors would not prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women without the written consent of their parents. Few, if any, insurance policies covered contraceptive prescriptions. The option for young women who wanted to control their life plan was limited. Planned Parenthood was the one organization that offered non judgmental, affordable women’s health care to a population that was in need of this service. I was one of those young women in need of this service.
It is hard to believe that in 2014 many young women are still facing the same problems regarding their reproductive health care as I did 40 years ago.”
I am so grateful that my Mom got to choose when she wanted to start her family. And I am glad to be a small part of women across the country that supports choices for all women. And I am so lucky to be raised by such a strong woman.
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