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Every Woman Deserves Access to Affordable Reproductive Health Care

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 31, 2012

Dear Editor,
    I completely agree with your argument that if Planned Parenthood was no longer funded by states that thousands of women would lose their access to affordable reproductive health care and that states should keep funding them [“A World Without Planned Parenthood?,” News, Oct. 26]. Even though Planned Parenthood provides abortions and contraceptives, they also provide STD screenings, cervical cancer tests, and much more that are essential to women’s lives. However, if the government takes insurance coverage away from contraceptives such as the birth control pill, this will also create a large increase in the percentage of unplanned pregnancies, along with Planned Parenthood no longer being funded. Also, women do not only use these contraceptives to help prevent unplanned pregnancies, but to increase their health. For example, I have been on the birth control pill since I was 15 years old due to how horrible my period was; it lasted around 11 full days, and two out of those 11 days I would be in bed puking. My gynecologist prescribed me the pill in order to stabilize my periods and increase my overall health. Every woman deserves the access to affordable reproductive health care and prescriptions. even if it's for an abortion or a screening for cervical cancer.
Miranda Fry
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