Posted: 03/20/2012 9:37 am
Mother; Planned Parenthood patient
Like so many young women in this country, when I was 19 years old I went to a Planned Parenthood health center for a routine pap test.
The test detected cervical cancer, but because the cancer was caught early, I was able to get treatment and now three decades have passed.
Planned Parenthood saved my life.
So you can imagine my surprise when Mitt Romney said, “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that,” during a discussion about the federal budget.
I wanted to share my family’s story with him. I wanted him to understand what’s at stake.
So I sat down and wrote to him. This is the letter I sent him:
Dear Governor Romney,
I don’t ordinarily write letters to politicians. We’ve never met. I’m a single mom living in Florida, and you have a pretty full plate.
My teenage daughters are on Spring Break this week, and I want to spend all the time I can with them. But first I’m reaching out to you because I am so troubled by comments you made this week. I was surprised and alarmed to see video of you saying, “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that,” during a discussion about the federal budget.
Governor Romney, Planned Parenthood saved my life. I know what it would mean to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.