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Sun, Feb. 23

Letter: Planned Parenthood provides critical care


I support Planned Parenthood because it provides a great deal of good for our community, controversy notwithstanding.

Planned Parenthood is primarily about women's health and family planning - just as the name says. It seems like both sides of the abortion issue should be all for that. Planned Parenthood is the primary health care provider for many women in the tri-city area. This includes cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, and birth control.

The basic tenet of the organization, as I understand it, is that women have the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive lives. Enabling women and families to make reproductive plans helps prevent unwanted pregnancies and the need for abortions.

I am grateful that Planned Parenthood offers abortions to women who have made clear, deliberate, considered, conscious decisions. I am deeply saddened that any woman is faced with that dilemma. Until we live in a perfect world where such choices never have to arise, I want abortion to be legal, safe, affordable - and rare as possible.

It is only organizations like Planned Parenthood that have dedicated themselves to the goal of preventing unwanted pregnancies through the offering of health care, birth control and education. That is the vast majority of the work that Planned Parenthood does and our community benefits from this work.

Thank you, Planned Parenthood Arizona, for your dedication to women's health and your efforts to keep women and families healthy and strong.

Sharon Sechrest


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