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Planned Parenthood helps women take control of their lives

Regarding letter writer Laura Jones claim that Planned Parenthood employs deceptive advertising, I feel compelled to address the importance of Planned Parenthood and its name ("Planned Parenthood's deceptive advertising," July 13).

Planned Parenthood stands for the right of all families to plan when and how they choose to become parents. Planned Parenthood provides information about birth control, but also provides necessary health care services at affordable prices, such as annual gynecological exams, cancer screenings, vaccines, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment.

Planned Parenthood helps women not only plan their pregnancies but also their lives. I have been a client of Planned Parenthood since 2008, when I went back to college as a 28-year-old woman.

I knew then that I would be without a full-time job or health insurance for the next few years while I finished school. So, like many of my classmates, I turned to Planned Parenthood for my health care and contraceptive needs. They provided me with well woman exams and even a long term reversible method of birth control — all on a sliding scale to fit my student budget.

Because of the health care and IUD I received from Planned Parenthood, I have had the reassurance that my reproductive life is my own to plan, and this has enabled me to graduate from college next spring.

Planned Parenthood has had its name for nearly 100 years. Every day they help women plan their pregnancies, as their name implies, but planning your pregnancy also means having control of your life. When women are able to plan their pregnancies, they are able to finish school, find meaningful employment and give themselves and their families the best possible future.

Kelly Martin Broderick

The writer is a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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