I am writing to express my support of Planned Parenthood and to encourage other community members to support this important organization. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally (www.plannedparenthood.org). Planned Parenthood provides a variety of much-needed services ranging from cancer screenings to STD testing. Currently, it is at risk of losing federal funding to provide these important services.
As a Master of Social Work student at Bridgewater State University, I feel compelled to reach out and show my support for this organization. It pains me to think of all the people who would go without necessary health services if our government votes to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the primary health provider in many rural and underserved communities. It is an inclusive organization that provides services without regard to a person’s income, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Additionally, it is estimated that 1 in 5 women will rely on Planned Parenthood services at least once in their lifetime. I personally know many women who have relied on their services at various points in their lives and, if not for these services, crucial testing, checkups, and procedures would not have happened.
I encourage residents of Massachusetts to visit istandwithpp.org to learn more about this important organization. In addition to facts about Planned Parenthood services, this website debunks several myths about its services and provides suggestions for how citizens can become involved in fighting against defunding efforts. Through donations, raising awareness, and contacting legislators we can show our support for this organization. I feel it is most important for us to contact our legislators to express that we do not support the defunding of this organization. Instead, we must let our government know that we stand with Planned Parenthood. #istandwithpp
Sarah Jensen, MSW Student
Bridgewater State University
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