Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I've Submitted My Letter to the Editor

On Friday, June 30th, Planned Parenthood clinics across the state will be giving out free Emergency Contraception (EC) as they did on July 1st of last year. This is in response to Governor Owens vetoing House Bill 1212 – Colorado's Prescriptive Authority Bill. This bill would have enabled Colorado pharmacists to prescribe and dispense EC to women without a doctor’s prescription.

I urge my fellow Summit County residents to participate in this event. Some of you may think you have no need for Emergency Contraception. When I heard about the event last year, I thought it was a great idea, but didn’t think I’d actually participate. I’m married and planning a family. Why would I need Emergency Contraception?

The truth is I should know better. As some of you may remember from a previous article in the Summit Daily, I am all too familiar with the scenario EC could prevent. Ten years ago, I was a twenty-year-old college student. My car was broken down, and I accepted a ride from a friend of a friend to the grocery store. At the end of that evening, I was a survivor of rape. A month later, I discovered I was pregnant. Ultimately, I terminated the pregnancy. Had I had access to Emergency Contraception, I might not have become pregnant at all.

I encourage you to remember that emergencies happen to us, and people we love, without the benefit of foresight. Though young women are at higher risk of being victimized, rapists don’t necessarily discriminate based on age and marital status. You can bet that I’m going to make the effort to get to a Planned Parenthood on the 30th. We just never know when and how an unwanted pregnancy might occur. I know I didn’t.

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Molly said...

Well said... if only people could just *get* it. It's too bad a law will never be passed enabling us to burn lawmakers at the stake.

Crazy Lady said...

Well written letter. So many Letters to the Editor, end up as emotional/irational name calling and finger pointing. Yours is well worded, simple, and to the point; while making an impactful statement.

Can you hear the standing ovation all the way from Vegas?

Jess said...

Well written. I hope they print it.

You are right. You never know when a person may need this.

Storm said...

Yes, this was well written. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Miss Cellania said...

Whether its something we will ever need or not, we can choose to be active in making it available for all. We are responsible for each other, all over the country. Our daughters and grandaughters, nieces, and their friends will benefit from any activism on our part, whether we personally benefit or not.

Rich | Championable said...

Bravo, Zube.

hotdrwife said...

Passing the word around to Denver bloggers and friends ...

secret said...

Good job!!! ***standing ovation***

Exquisite Chick said...

Very well written, and as Rich said Bravo!

Lisa said...

Very well written, Zube. Great job. We're proud of you.

junebee said...

Even though you and many other women don't want to use the EC, just to show up for it will show support and let PP know the interest level is up out there.

Amy said...

Awesome!!! You are so eloquent.

 

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