“As a first-generation Asian Canadian female and only child of devout Roman Catholic Filipino immigrant parents, I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba very sheltered and scared of the world. I was taught the best way to prevent pregnancy and STD’s was to be abstinent. There was no other option but to refrain from sexual activity
“In high school, even though my parents were supportive open people, I was too embarrassed to ask for birth control, so I went to a Planned Parenthood to find out more (before the internet!). They taught me about my options. After college, but before I could afford health insurance, I again went to Planned Parenthood
“When I was seventeen years old, I fell in love for the very first time. I was riddled with anxiety and depression and my boyfriend did everything he could to support me with love and kindness. I became pregnant in my senior year of high school and knew that I was not ready to carry
“Planned parenthood has helped me so much. I go there for everything. I’ve had bad experiences with OBGYN’s. Planned parenthood employees are amazing! They’re professional, quick, kind, and do everything they can to work with you. Normal doctors offices won’t see you if you don’t have the money. Planned parenthood prevents unwanted pregnancies for EVERYONE.