I went to Charlotte yesterday with my friend, Sarah Skinner, to attend the Planned Parenthood Yes We Can rally just across the way from the DNC site.
I didn’t go because of abortion; I went because millions of women get their health care through Planned Parenthood, and I don’t want to see health care access for low-income women go away.
When my children were young and I didn’t have health insurance, it was Planned Parenthood that provided my care and my birth control. It was Planned Parenthood that ensured I wouldn’t have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy.
Cynthia Wilson of Dallas, Texas, went to Planned Parenthood when she found a lump in her breast and another in her abdomen. She had no insurance, so had Planned Parenthood not been there, she likely would have died of cancer because it was found too late to cure, just the way my son did.
But Planned Parenthood was there, and the tumor in her abdomen, which was cancerous, was removed before it spread and she is alive today to tell the story.
Unfortunately, if she had gotten sick this year, that Planned Parenthood clinic couldn’t help her — Gov. Rick Perry de-funded Planned Parenthood and other low-cost women’s health clinics, and the clinic that saved Wilson’s life is closed, along with dozens of others across the state.
I got the chance to thank her for her words and hug her. I’m so glad she was able to find the care she needed. I’m so glad her family didn’t lose her the way we lost Mike. I’m so grateful for her willingness to stand up and tell her story to illustrate the necessity of keeping Planned Parenthood and other low-cost women’s clinics open.
This is not about abortion. This is about women’s health. This is about women’s lives.