It is a disappointment to see the Susan G. Komen Foundation withdraw support for Planned Parenthood under political pressure.
As a POOR (although I didn’t recognize myself as being poor, perpetually broke yes, poor no, I had enough to eat, a place to live and a job) young woman, without health insurance, living 1500 miles away from my family, I discovered an irregularity in my body. It wasn’t anywhere near any bit of me even remotely associated with reproduction but it was something that hadn’t been part of me previously and it scared me.
I was, barely 21, living in New Orleans. I didn’t have a doctor and wouldn’t have known which one to choose. What I did know was Planned Parenthood was full of women who would help me.
I was treated by an Asian medical student, who requested a sickle cell anemia blood sample as part of the clinic protocol completely unrelated to my symptoms. She assured me that my complaint would be temporary, that I was not ill and soon the body I was more familiar with would be restored to me. I didn’t need any medicine or treatment.
The female, Asian medical student had collected another sample for the sickle cell anemia data base; she was happy. I wasn’t going to expire prematurely; I was happy.
Nobody offered me an abortion.