Laura’s Story: I Wouldn't Have My Daughter If It Wasn’t For Planned Parenthood

If it weren’t for Planned Parenthood, Laura would not have her daughter. The state of Iowa rejected federal funding for family planning, so 4 health centers will close on June 30. Laura and other patients will lose access to the high-quality health care they need. Learn what ‘defunding’ really means: Watch more Planned Parenthood VIDEOS: Visit the Planned Parenthood WEBSITE: Like Planned Parenthood on FACEBOOK: Follow Planned Parenthood on TWITTER: Follow Planned Parenthood on INSTAGRAM: Follow Planned Parenthood on TUMBLR: " TRANSCRIPT: "Laura: I will never stop battling these 2 illnesses. So having places that I have access to good reproductive health care is vital to my life. GFX: On June 30, four Planned Parenthood health centers in Iowa will be forced to close after the state rejected federal funding for family planning. GFX: Almost 15,000 patients will lose access to their trusted health care provider. GFX: Laura is one of those patients. Laura: We started really thinking about our future and thinking about kids, I was in more pain, I was tired. I had no idea, each period got worse and worse. Laura: So, confused and not really knowing what was going on, I called the clinician at Planned Parenthood. She counseled me through everything that was going on. She explained the laparoscopic surgery, she explained what endometriosis was, she explained what a cystectomy would be like. Laura: If the clinician hadn’t helped me with my ovarian cyst, I may have never had my surgery. I never would have known that my organs are fused together and that it would’ve been physically impossible for me to get pregnant. Laura: I found out that I was pregnant exactly 8 weeks after my surgery. Laura: Eric started crying, and then we were both crying, and we just couldn’t believe it. We were so happy. Laura: I truly believe that I may not have had my daughter if it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood. GFX: ‘Defunding Planned Parenthood’ could mean: -Fewer people access birth control -More unplanned pregnancies -Fewer people access cancer screenings GFX: Thousands of people like Laura will lose access to care they rely on"more

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