Katie’s Story

I came from a conservative family, and was in safe, long term relationship as a 16 year old. Without Planned Parenthood, I would not have had access to affordable woman’s healthcare and birth control as a teenager. Then, in my first year of college, I was a victim of acquaintance rape. Thanks to PP, I was able to go get tested and have counseling. As an uninsured adult, while on birth control, I became pregnant. I have a particular condition that makes for high risk pregnancy, and I was not in a place in my life that I could afford to give a child a life they deserved. I also learned, after learning of my pregnancy, that my partner suffered from schizophrenia and was unfit at the time to be a parent. If it wasn’t for accessible and affordable reproductive healthcare, I would not have been able to have a safe abortion that ensured that I did not bleed out as a result of my high risk pregnancy.

These are basic human rights, and as you can see, I am just one woman that has been through many circumstances in my life in which affordable reproductive healthcare saved me. This doesn’t even begin to speak to those of us who are transitioning, with out legal documentation, etc. We are human, we deserve basic healthcare.