In praise of Planned Parenthood

I'm responding to the recent article "Abortion controversy heating up in Indiana" (May 4). Where was the big abortion controversy before Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade when women and girls were not only forced to bear pregnancies against their will but forced to risk their lives seeking medically unsafe ones?

The light bulb went on for me this evening. My grandmother, who was one of 18 children from a blended, dirt poor family from Virginia, and whose mother died when she was 10 months old, attempted a self-induced abortion, as did her sisters.

When Planned Parenthood opened their first clinic in Baltimore in the early 1970s, it was my grandmother who rode along with me and my older sister, from Sparrows Point, to visit the Planned Parenthood to get birth control pills! My sister was married, still in college and didn't want to become pregnant until she earned her degree. My grandmother probably thought birth control was the next best thing to cinnamon donuts (she loved them). I'm so glad I was able to put these pieces together.

Sadly, until women's lives are valued and deemed equal in the hearts and minds of our citizens, the war on women's lives will go on.

Sue Amos, Severna Park