Misunderstandings about clinic

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2005

It seems to me there is a lack of understanding regarding what Planned Parenthood does. Yes, they do perform abortions, but they do much more than that as well. They are not an "abortion clinic." They are a family planning clinic, and they are about making sure that every child that comes into this world is loved and cared for, not a mistake or a regret to be thrown out or given up on. This aspect of Planned Parenthood is something we should all be able to agree on.

Some of the recent comments from writers to the Empire have been extremely disappointing. Making the choice to have an abortion is not an easy one. Women do not take it lightly. Having a clinic here that offers the option is not going to produce more abortions. Women in Juneau do have abortions, only now they have to fly to Anchorage or Seattle to have them, away from the supports of their family and their home during a very trying time. This is a matter of personal choice, and whether Planned Parenthood is in Juneau or not, abortions will take place. Only hopefully, with the help of Planned Parenthood, more women and girls will have access to contraception and less unplanned pregnancies will happen in the first place in our community.

Jorden Nigro


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