I was born in 1952 to a young farming couple of limited means who were just starting their lives together. Over the next three years my mom gave birth to three more siblings, with each pregnancy taking a lot out of her physically. Her obstetrician approached my father and suggested a vasectomy, noting that if Mom continued at the current rate she’d never be alive to see her children to adulthood, and he agreed.
Because of the boldness of this country doctor, my siblings and I were able to finish college and move into careers that support us. Without him the simple struggle to survive would have consumed our limited assets. It’s unlikely I would have had a fulfilling career, resources to help support my extended family, and the chance to impact others.
That’s why I’m calling on Senator David Hann to stop the attacks against Planned Parenthood and the services they provide. I want young women and men regardless of their economic standing to have the same chances I had—and that means the ability to control their own fates. Will you join me in letting Senator Hann know that his constituents stand with Planned Parenthood?
-Denise, Planned Parenthood Advocate, Eden Prairie, MN