When it comes to this blog, I go to great lengths to avoid political posts. After all, what good would come out of instigating an online screaming match? Okay, fine. Those online feuds can sometimes be funny. But lately, I feel like politics have invaded every nook and cranny of my life. And when I say “every nook and cranny,” I mean EVERY nook and cranny (do you see what I did there?).
Here's the deal people: Planned Parenthood is my only access to gynecological care. I’m uninsured (as are most of my friends). Now, I’m a competitive shopper. I’ve shopped around. I’ve asked all the right questions. And guess what? The least expensive medical insurance for Jack and me (we’re both freelancers and live in New York) is about $750 a month, which we can't swing. But we also make too much to qualify for any kind of discounted health insurance. So I go to my local Planned Parenthood clinic for my annual pap, and that's that. Have I gone to other, fancier gynecologists? Sure. When I had insurance, I went to a lovely place in SoHo. But once I went freelance, I learned that a visit there would cost $385 -- and that was before any tests. So I quickly rang up my local Planned Parenthood, knowing they charge on a sliding scale. Sure, it took awhile to get an appointment (the one in my area is only open two days a week as a result of cutbacks). But eventually, I was seen.
With the exception of dentistry, my visit to Planned Parenthood is nearly always the only visit to a medical professional I make each year. Do I go to a doctor when I get sick? No. Is that even a thing anymore? I'm sure that there are people out there who still see general practitioners for routine checkups. But I can only think of three, and they’re all senior citizens. Of my six best girlfriends, only two have insurance -- which they get through their unions. The other four of us patronize Planned Parenthood -- and no, not for abortions. In case you’re interested, abortions account for less than 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood actually does (contrary to what this d-bag would have you think). And of course, none of the federal funding Planned Parenthood currently receives can be used to help fund those abortions. That's not a new thing. So when you attack Planned Parenthood funding, you attack me, and women like me, who rely on the few forms of affordable medical care that are still available to us. And I, for one, am getting a little sick of it.
How about you guys? Do any of you go to Planned Parenthood? And where do you stand on this “political issue”? Here’s a thread from The Nest boards on Planned Parenthood if you’re interested to see where other Nesties stand.
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