How Planned Parenthood Changed My Life


Just like most people who just don’t know of their many wonders, my only knowledge of Planned Parenthood was associated with abortion.  It was between my transition from undergrad to graduate school that I learned that there was much more to Planned Parenthood than what the media made it out to be.  As a graduate student, I was able to delve more deeply into sexuality education, which opened up a window of opportunities.  After completing my first year of grad school, I attended the Family Life Institute in Boone, NC where I not only learned a wealth of information, but also networked with a ton of people who shared the common interest of sexuality education. Fast forward to second (and last: yayyyy!) year of grad school → somewhere from within this pool of networking, I was connected with two local health educators from Planned Parenthood.  These ladies took me under their wings as an intern for their organization and it was hands down one of the best experiences EVER! While I help to identify the gaps in local sexual education and lead advocacy efforts, I also learned that:

  • Planned Parenthood isn’t just for women – men receive numerous services!,
  • STI testing/treatment and contraception are the leading services provided,
  • Abortions are only 3% of services provided by the organization; and
  • Not every Planned Parenthood center performs abortions

Some, if not all, centers also have amazing educational opportunities for teens to learn about sexuality education, as well as educate their peers. It is for these reasons listed above and many others, that #IStandWithPlannedParenthood. ✊🏼

“One in five women in American has been to Planned Parenthood. They don’t come to make a political statement – they come for health care.”
~Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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