Quoting my daughter at 18, “I am reminded why we need Planned Parenthood every time I get on Facebook and see a girl I knew in elementary school posting pictures of her ultrasound.” Before you pass judgement or support any legislation that would reduce funding, consider all of those who really benefit from affordable cervical and breast care screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, sex education and pregnancy options. It’s not just those “other” people, it’s all of us. More power to Planned Parenthood!
I’d like to quickly thank the planned parenthood in Orem and Salt Lake City Utah. My story is nothing special, nothing uncommon, but these planned parenthood locations have given me a new start, and I will be forever grateful.
In November of 2012, I found out I was pregnant by a very abusive, very unsupportive boyfriend. I felt lost, and out of control. My religion condemns abortion, and I had never given any thought to the topic until it was a viable option for me. I decided to take action, and planned parenthoods financial aid made it possible for me to have the abortion.
Months later, I’m emotionally recovering. Planned parenthood also gave me an IUD for future protection. I’m in a healthy, happy relationship. I am reminded constantly of the life that me and my unborn child would have had if I hadn’t taken action, and planned parenthood allowed me to do so.
Your staff, financial aid, and other resources made it possible for me to make my own decision. One that has changed my life for the better. And I will be forever grateful for that. Thank you to both offices, and donors as well. Your generosity, time, and kindness impact lives, however small.
Thank you again. :)
Utah Legislature Update
Senate Bill 39 Parental Responsibility for Sex Education Training passed in the Senate! Every Senator the Planned Parenthood Teen Council lobbied voted in favor of the bill. It is now in the House Education Committee
House Bill 50 the Dating Violence Protection Act was passed in the House last week, and is now in line for a second Senate Floor reading. Planned Parenthood is in favor of this bill because it allows protective orders for men and women in abusive relationships.
Nationally, the Violence Against Women Act was passed in the House of Representatives. It was passed in the Senate last month. Senator Matheson was the only Utah representative to vote in favor of the bill, so be sure to let him know you appreciate it!
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The Planned Parenthood Utah Teen Council went up to the Utah State Capitol to lobby their representatives on Senate Bill 39
The teens went to talk to their reps about how Parental Responsibility for Sex Education Training impacts them personally and why they want it passed.
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Reid, talked to the Teens about why he wrote the bill and how their support is necessary in this bill’s passage.
Many of the Teens used their personal stories about their sexual education when talking to their representatives.
Currently, Senate Bill 39 is on the list for a second reading in the Senate
Just wanted to remind you all that the One Billion Rising event is happening tomorrow!
We’re doing a group dance to the song “Break the Chain”. You can find a link to the dance here
Remember the event starts at 12 at the Utah State Capitol! Be sure to wear a pink or red shirt for VDay awareness. We’re giving free t-shirts out to the first 50 people, so get there early!!!
Senator Reid introduced a bill which would require the State Office of Education to offer training to parents on teaching their children about human sexuality. The bill gives parent’s access to an online resource to help parents talk with their children.
Planned Parenthood recognizes the impact parent’s have in their children’s life and their view of human sexuality. We support any bill that better equips parents in teaching children about healthy sex. SB 39 is a great bill providing useful information to Utah parent’s.
SB 39 passed out of the Senate Education Committee with a favorable recommendation and on to the Senate Floor on February 11th and you can read the bill HERE