“I kind of liked the idea of being a bit of a visible counter-force to the protestors, really being able to greet people who might be nervous and scared no matter what they’re coming in to do—whatever sort of appointment they have—just because they have to go through the protestors.”
“They were open armed, they were very welcoming…they can kind of see that the people who go to Planned Parenthood are probably in greater need so that kind of caring feeling was definitely noticed.”
How an ordinary checkup gave rise to a frightening diagnosis, a successful treatment, and a committed advocate.
“The biggest thing that I’ve been saying to them is ‘if this matters to you, you need to get up and do something.’ Pick one thing to do. That does not mean posting on Facebook. That does not mean whining in my ear. It means what are you going to do?”
“I found out if you have insurance you can still come here—that’s money that will go to Planned Parenthood. So I feel like coming in and being a patient here, it’s like giving your patronage to a business that you care about.”
“I solidified my belief that reproductive rights are a basic human right. I grew more comfortable with my sexuality, learning how to talk about it openly and comfortably. I met dozens of truly remarkable folks, and I drew from their strength.”
SF800 is a proposed $2 million cut from Minnesota’s family planning safety net affecting low-income Minnesotans and their families, many of whom will be left without access to family planning care and cancer prevention services.
Nearly 2000 constituents in the 3rd Congressional District have spoken out to tell Representative Erik Paulsen that they do not want to see patients blocked from coming to Planned Parenthood. Pillamina—the human-sized birth control pill pack—will be delivering their petitions to Rep. Paulsen.
Planned Parenthood plays an indispensible role in providing family planning care in Minnesota. It would be impossible for other health care providers, like community health centers, to absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients and provide them with same level of high-quality reproductive health care.