Think about the working poor

Posted on 24. Feb, 2011 by

When I was fresh out of college, I thought I was lucky to find a newspaper job. And I was.

The only benefit it offered was a paycheck – no health insurance or 401K. Earning just more than minimum wage allowed me to live, but when I got sick, the cost came from my pocket.

In an effort to maintain my reproductive health, I would visit Planned Parenthood once a year and pay on a sliding scale. It was still a small burden, but I knew I wanted a family one day and wanted to make sure everything remained in working order until I was ready.

Single and abstinent, I refused birth control offered by doctors at each yearly exam. I explained I was just there for a check-up because, without insurance, I couldn’t afford to visit a doctor’s office.

When I found a job that offered insurance, I gladly paid my monthly dues and found what I consider to be a “proper” doctor.

Fast forward 10 years.

Less than a week ago, U.S. House Republicans passed a budget amendment that would strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood. If these cuts are also approved by the Senate, the ability of millions of American women to plan how they and their families lead their lives will be seriously diminished. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Think about it.

Planned Parenthood isn’t only a place where women seek abortions. It’s a place where women in our community, college-educated women, who work 40 or more hours a week for little more than minimum wage can go to keep their reproductive health in check whether they’re ready for a family or not.

I sincerely hope our legislators consider women like me when they cast their vote on the matter and don’t hinder pro-active patients.

If you have an opinion on the matter, let our senators know.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s web address is http://hutchison.senate.gov/contact.cfm

and John Cornyn’s is http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm.

2 Responses to “Think about the working poor”

  1. Joe

    25. Feb, 2011

    I feel that no federal money should be given to a place that supports abortion, no matter how they help in other ways. I think there should be criteria for federal money, and such controversial issues should negate the allowance of such funds. If Planned Parenthood is expecting to get funds, then use the funds approopriately and do the check ups and stop the abortions. I feel that abortion is wrong, but I am not like every right wing crazy. I have reason with my thoughts. I feel that guidelines should be set, and just because some “kid” went out, wasn’t responsible, and got pregnant, shouldn’t be an excuse. Certain instances where ,rape for example, is involved, I can see the rationality for the subject, but unfortunately, it’s tax payer dollars like mine that pay for something that mortifies me. I know that you think my views are leaning to the right, and on this issue they may be, but before you judge, I also feel that federal funds should not be given to churches. Churches do not pay property taxes, or taxes on the income that the church gets. If the income is not taxed, then federal funds should be off limits to a business. Just like a worker cannot claim money that was made “under the table” and expect a return because taxes were not taken out. I agree with gay marriage because in my mind, this is a religious issue and not a political, but abortion is murder to me. I understand about a woman’s body, and right to choose, but this world isn’t perfect, and bad things happen to good people all of the time, but unfortunately too many women who get abortions are pregnant because of their own fault of not using birth control, or not being mature enough to think about what could happen when certain things are done. I feel that the father should be held accountable as well. Life isn’t perfect, but we should allow life to happen when the opportunity presents itself. Thanks for your time.

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  2. Cheryl

    25. Feb, 2011

    I too went to Planned Parenthood for the same reason as you. I too had no insurance, but I knew that I needed the annual check-up. I was making next to nothing. I paid on their sliding scale. It ended up costing me more than if I had gone to a regular doctor for the check-up.

    I felt that I was one of a million when I went there. My visit lasted 3 hours, of which most was sitting waiting. It was a cold, obnoxious place. I would never step foot in there again.

    Many doctors will lower the cost if you are paying cash and they don’t have to file the insurance papers. There ARE other options, which I DID seek after the unpleasant visit at the Planned Parenthood for my check-up.

    So, it’s not all that you’ve pumped it up to be.

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