I am a retired professor who taught for 17 years at the graduate school of the University of Louisville, then for 16 years at Spalding University. Over those 34 years I referred countless young women to Planned Parenthood for their routine gyn care, for check ups when they had unusual symptoms, and for both pregnancy tests and family planning. Some were single, some married. Some went to Planned Parenthood, some with their husbands, Why didn't I send them to the Health Department? Because of their waiting lists and their focus on the needs of the very poor. My students were budding professionals, and I knew Planned Parenthood would treat them as such. Now, what you apparently do not understand! Over the years, we celebrated in my classes, so many "Planned Parenthood babies!" Planned Parenthood offered pregnancy tests, then connected pregnant young women with the appropriate U of L prenatal clinic, either routine or high-risk. I am 75 years old, so some of those babies are now university students, so you should be thanking Planned Parenthood for their good work. I also had a few students diagnosed with cancer at Planned Parenthood. One died, and, my, did we mourn her in class. Planned Parenthood arranged appropriate care for all three women at U of L. The others are now practicing in their profession. And you should thank Planned Parenthood for these efforts, too. PP made no charge for any of these services. I have never, to my knowledge, have a student have an abortion through this agency. I wish legislators had more respect for what it means to offer life-giving services to women. By the way, I am a practicing Roman Catholic. I have held national office in Catholic organizations, published an article in the Journal of Christian Social Workers, and received awards for the practice of pastoral care. This does not mean I am perfect. I does mean that I wish we could listen to each other more and be kind to those who face problems more difficult than our own.