When I got pregnant with my first born I went to planned parenthood to "confirm the pregnancy" I guess you needed a slip of paper from them to give to an OB so they would know I wasn't lying... whatever anyway, When I went into the planned parenthood I guess my thoughts were if the name is planned parenthood they would be very family oriented and helpful about babies. Boy was I wrong. They asked me questions about my financial status and if I wanted a baby and other questions like that. I wanted a baby but was having a little financial struggle. They asked me if i wanted an abortion and I told them no Because I wanted a baby. then they pointed out that I was having my money problems and shouldn't be bringing a baby into that. I said I didn't care I wanted my baby (What they didn't know was two years before a doctor told me a wouldn't be able to have babies without help from a doctor. Of course I wasn't going to give up my miracle baby!) This all happened before they even told me if I was pregnant or not. The lady finally said "well you are pregnant and you should consider an abortion because of you money issues. I said no! and walked out the door. Anyone else have this kind of thing happen at Planned Parenthood?
The thing that bothers me is they were offering a long term solution for a short time problem. My husband got a promotion after that and all our problems disappeared. I was so livid that they were trying to talk me into an abortion. Its now 6 years later and I am a proud mommy of two with a house and a beautiful life. They were really in the wrong to do that. I am just glad I was strong enough to say no.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:05 PM on Apr. 3, 2011 in Politics & Current Events
I'm sorry you had a bad experience but I have been to 2 different PP offices in the L.A. area and while I usually had to wait awhile they were always caring and helpful. When I went in with an unplanned pregnancy they gve me a great deal of info on all options and referred me to another clinic when I chose to abort. I know a number of people IRL who have used PP at one point and never had anything bad to say except about the wait.
Like with anything, some are good and others not so much.
Answer by Friday at 4:45 PM on Apr. 3, 2011
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Answer by stacymomof2 at 4:30 PM on Apr. 3, 2011
I used PP when I was in college and up until I could afford to pay for my own insurance coverage. I've never had a bad experience with them, and have supported them since. I think it would be a tragedy for millions of American women if PP services weren't available. Women need to have reliable and affordable health-care options, and PP is about more than pregnancy testing and referral services (and very few provide abortion services--most don't).
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Answer by BabyBeans0506 at 2:43 PM on Apr. 3, 2011
I also went to PP to confirm my pregnancy. They never once even mentioned the word abortion. The confirmed that I was pregnant and gave me a few pamphlets of agencies I could go to for help. I have been going to them ever since for annual exams and birth control. They have been very professional and helpful.
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