Last night was not a night of writing. I mean, I did write, but it was only another three hundred and fifty words because by the time I arrived home I was tired.
No, I was out with people I know who work for Planned Parenthood and we were doing the political thing.
I’ve maybe mentioned before that I know a few people who work for Planned Parenthood. One of them I meet during our time campaigning in 2016–while they did some help on the Clinton Campaign they were mostly working to election a new state senator–and we became social friends. I’ve let her know that when it comes to PP (which is how I’ll spell it out from here) I’ll help out where I can, and I’ve attended a couple of their functions since then.
I was invited to late night’s event a few days before and I RSVPed right away. I was sent a link to where we would meet and was asked to keep the location private because lunatics out there might decide to crash the party in the worst way. I will say it wasn’t in Harrisburg, but that’s all the information you’re getting. (I will mention now that I did not take any pictures while there, nor will I mention people by name. I’m keeping this all on the low.)
If you follow what’s going on in D.C. you know defunding PP is a priority among certain conservative white guys who’ve never had a period in their lives. Of course I’ve never had a period, either, but some women don’t. Regardless, I stand behind all women who need health care and PP fills the position of providing health care for hundreds of thousands of women, including pap smears, breast exams, pregnancy testing, and STD screening and treatment. Also, last year PP began running pilot programs to provide Hormone Replacement Therapy for trans women and men, which is something I could use should I need that service.
And yes, they do offer abortions. I know it’s a touchy subject with a lot of people, but my feelings are such: if you don’t need one, don’t get one. If you don’t want others getting them, piss off and find a hobby to file your time. Being a person who finds herself in a position where people I don’t know suddenly feel as if they have a voice when it comes to whether or not I should exist, it’s easy to say if you have no intention of getting an abortion, then shush, you. It’s none of your business. (And yes, I’ve always felt that way.)
We discussed what sort of steps we need to take to help PP through these dark times and I’m certain I’ll find myself helping out somewhere to help out the organization. Because I do feel they are an important health provider for untold numbers of women and they are under assault by know-nothing idiots. Does that seem like harsh language? Yep. And I mean every word.
Of late I’ve had to back away from a lot of the political stuff I was doing simply because it was becoming overwhelming. But when it comes to helping Planned Parenthood–I’ll be there to help whenever it’s possible.
Because you know I love to wear pink…