Without the care I've received from Planned Parenthood throughout my college career and into my adult life, I would not have had access to proper reproductive health care. Both of my parents lost their insurance just as I transitioned to college, an era in a woman's life where the need for reproductive care is most critical. After college I worked as a waitress while looking around for jobs that required my degree. I still did not have healthcare and relied heavily on my visits to Planned Parenthood to supplement my healthcare needs as a young woman. I fortunately found a job that paid for my healthcare, but remained a faithful supporter and loyal patient of Planned Parenthood. Eight months into my career, I found out I was pregnant. With the amount of debt I had accrued from college and the limited income I was bringing in for myself, let alone to care for another human being, I made the decision to terminate my pregnancy. The staff at Planned Parenthood were wonderful. Like any apprehensive women making that decision, I read through abortion horror stories about the ill-willed and apathetic staff at PP. I felt safe with the staff at the clinic I went to - from the pre-op visit through the day of the procedure, the women working there made me feel relaxed and at ease and rather than feeling judged, they remained completely neutral to my situation. I even felt a sense of support from those women. A nurse held my hand throughout the procedure and told me to breathe, then after propped me up and told me to take my time. She steadily walked me out to the recovery room and offered me food and a heating pad and stood by my side until the tears subsided. Tears, which by the way, indicated how incredibly thankful I was for the opportunity to have a choice at all in the circumstance. Had it not been for that choice I was afforded to make for myself, I would be a struggling single mother who would likely have to forfeit my career because of its high demand for time away from home, and end up yet another statistic. Family planning services are a vital part of every woman's life, especially in the age of feminism where more women are fighting for equal pay, asking for paid family leave, and demanding fair treatment on the job. Until women achieve true equality to our male counterparts and are no longer underestimated because of our assigned gender, and even then, reproductive health care shall remain safe, accessible, and affordable for every woman in America. My story and so many more are proof of this.