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Letter: Planned Parenthood provides essential care

Planned Parenthood provides essential care

I, like 20 percent of American women, have used Planned Parenthood. In 2008, I graduated college at age 22 and lost my health insurance. The fast-food restaurant where I worked did not offer affordable insurance, so I went without. When I needed my annual well-woman visit, I knew I could go to Planned Parenthood.

Through federal family planning funds, I qualified for free services. The health care I received was just like any other GYN office, and I remained a patient at Planned Parenthood for seven years. Today, my husband and I are considering when we want to plan a family of our own. Because of the care Planned Parenthood provided me, we are able to plan our family how we choose.

This care is at risk of being defunded by Congress. Defunding Planned Parenthood means taking away options for low-income people in need of preventative care. It means prohibiting Medicaid patients from using their insurance to cover preventative services at Planned Parenthood.

Taking away access to health care disproportionately hurts low-income women, people of color and folks living in underserved communities. Community health centers do not have the capacity to absorb 2.5 million Planned Parenthood patients. We cannot lose this valuable resource for our community. Please call your members of Congress today and ask them not to defund Planned Parenthood.

Kimberly L. Pietrzak

Williamsville

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