Dev Richards / @ 11:55 a.m. / Op-Ed

OP-ED: Why I’ll Fight to Protect Planned Parenthood Funding From Trump Cuts


I lost an ovary a few years back. I didn’t, like, misplace it or anything. I had an ectopic pregnancy and the ovary had to go, along with that miscreant fallopian tube. Mad River Hospital had sent me away without seeing me and if it hadn’t been for the ladies at Planned Parenthood, I likely would have died from a septic infection. They called the ER at St. Joe’s and made sure I was immediately taken care of. They hugged me while I cried because I was scared and the “partner” I had at the time had left me the second I expressed fear of being pregnant. I was alone and they made me feel safe and they, ya know, kept me from dying. All in a day’s work.

SO, for the past couple of years, I have struggled to find the right birth control/hormone concoction to balance out was has basically been pre-menopause. I’m told that not everyone has this much trouble when they lose an ovary. But, for some reason, my body just extra hates me.

I’ve tried so many different pills and shots and patches, etc. But, the hot flashes and mood swings and periods … they just keep getting angrier and angrier.

Our current president wants to strip funding to all of the resources that I have so desperately needed for the last few years. Not a single trip to PP or my OB-GYN has been because I want access to a pill that will let me have all the sex I could possibly want, without any consequences. I’d actually love one of those cuddly, adorable consequences. What are they called? Oh yeah, babies. 

Whether my visit to these places was a matter of life or death, or a means to find some relief from constant physical discomfort, my health care providers have given me solace and comfort, without any judgment.

Taking this away from me, Mr. Trump, well … that means war, as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be on my toes. I’ll fight, along with so many others, to protect my access to lifesaving medical interventions. And if you think, for one second, that the women of this country are going to be gentle and kind about this revolt … Oh my, sir, you are in for a world of pain.


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