Letter: Praise for Planned Parenthood's first 50 years

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I’ve often wondered how the world would be different if men had the primary responsibility for controlling their fertility. I believe very strongly that women have just as much potential as men and should have equal opportunities for reaching that potential. But they don’t. And one big reason is because they are the ones that have the babies.

How would the world be different if men could get pregnant? What would happen if our servicemen were at risk of pregnancy during all the wars we’ve fought? Would the government have made sure they had access to birth control? Would they get sent home if there was an “accident”? Would their insurance cover it?

What if a man like our current governor, who was able to work his way up with a lot of determination and just a little help, felt a lump in his breast, but didn’t have health insurance? Would he have to quit his job? Choose a visit to the doctor over heat or food? Maybe he would go to Planned Parenthood.

For 50 years, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England has offered solid, professional information, birth control, cancer screenings, and other health services for men and women. And they do it without judgement

There have been so many changes in the past 50 years, including at Planned Parenthood, but their standards of service and excellence have never wavered. They are still there for everyone, no matter what. Here’s to the next 50 years.

Jennifer Goodspeed