As a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood, I wholeheartedly disagree with letter writer Gary Gamber's view ("Shut Planned Parenthood," May 31). At this time in our community when health care facilities are shutting their doors, it is more important than ever to keep the doors to Planned Parenthood of Maryland open.
Over 185,000 Maryland women are without health insurance. For many of these women and for their families, Planned Parenthood is the one health care provider they see a year. Maryland families have come to rely on Planned Parenthood for high quality, affordable, health care services, including cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and more.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland medically serves 40,000 people in our community every year and another 10,000 through education.
They provide a vital service for both to those who can afford health care, and to those who cannot. And let's not forget that the caring doctors and nurses with Planned Parenthood do more in our communities to prevent the need for abortions than any other group of health professionals.
A push to shut Planned Parenthood is no more than a plan to keep our neighbors from accessing the affordable health care services that they have come to rely on for the last 85 years. Instead, we must support the important work that Planned Parenthood does to keep our families and our state healthy.
Brittany Oliver, TowsonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun