Volunteering at Planned Parenthood has helped me find accepting communities that I want to be around, and who want me around. In the short time I’ve been volunteering there, I’ve made so many good friends who’ve helped me with a lot of issues that I have with accepting myself. They’re like part of a new family for me – one that will love and accept me for who I am, no matter what that means.
October is Let’s Talk Month, which is all about the importance of parents talking to their kids about sex, sexuality, gender, and relationships. Open, honest communication helps young people be safer and more informed, and have less shame around sex. To highlight the different ways kids and teens learn about sex, I talked to PPMEAF’s youth group, who are volunteers between the ages of 13-21. The teens interviewed in this piece are all around 15 years old and have used aliases for their own privacy.
We are living in such a critical moment in this country’s political history and leading the fight for reproductive rights has been an extraordinary opportunity.
I had already completed my degree, experienced the 9-5 office life, and viewed the “real world” through a different lens than a college student might. However, the staff at the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund recognized that this internship would be a valuable learning experience for a post-grad gal trying to renavigate her career path, and they welcomed me with open arms.
It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that my views took a slight turn. It was the spring semester and a couple weeks before finals. I was on birth control, but I had missed my period. I tried to stay calm and convince myself I had just missed it because I was stressed about finals, but I was getting more nervous that I might be pregnant. That’s when abortion crossed my mind.
Let’s be clear — the People’s Veto is an attempt to take away safe, legal abortion and does nothing to help Mainers get the care they need. We’ll be working hard over the coming months to protect safe, legal abortion in Maine. Want to help? Here are five things you can do right now.
I felt self conscious in my outfit and of looking too visible. And then my partner and I reached the Planned Parenthood lineup of pink and my fears melted away. The group was so full of love and excitement, I couldn’t help but feel swept up by it.
Today I am holding the abortions stories of all of the women I have met (and those I haven't) with tenderness and compassion.
It started with a seemingly simple desire to make emergency contraception more readily available to college students in Maine.