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Supporter Stories

Our patients and supporters shared how Planned Parenthood changed their lives.

ANASTASIA: MY STORY OF CARE

ANASTASIA: MY STORY OF CARE

"I decided to come to Planned Parenthood as a queer woman to get an IUD. It will provide me the space and time in my life to go to school, better myself, and become a doctor." –Anastasia

HALIMA & NATANE: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

HALIMA & NATANE: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

“I volunteer because at Planned Parenthood you can take control in this world, where they are trying to take away everything else. The world I want for my daughter and all daughters as far as their reproductive rights is to have a voice—to have a choice.” 

ALBERTO: MY STORY OF CARE

ALBERTO: MY STORY OF CARE

“I’m a member of the LGBT community and I go to Planned Parenthood to get tested every three to six months. They make me feel really comfortable there.” -Alberto, Imperial Valley

KARLA: MY STORY OF CARE

KARLA: MY STORY OF CARE

“At Planned Parenthood, I was able to get the privacy that I needed. I always feel 100 percent confident that my care will remain private at Planned Parenthood.” -Karla, Riverside

SOPHIA: MY STORY OF CARE

SOPHIA: MY STORY OF CARE

“I went to Planned Parenthood for my first gynecological exam this year. It was my first time, but I didn’t feel intimidated at Planned Parenthood because I knew there would be no judgment, like there can sometimes be in health care.” -Sophia

TRISH: MY STORY OF CARE

TRISH: MY STORY OF CARE

“I received STI testing at Planned Parenthood. The care I received was completely nonjudgmental, very quick, very easy, and overall a great experience. There is a lot of shame around STI testing, but I don’t think there should be because it’s a normal part of keeping yourself healthy.” -Trish

KENNY GOLDBERG: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

KENNY GOLDBERG: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

“As a reporter, I did a lot of stories on reproductive health care. Now that I’m retired I’m able to become an advocate for things I feel strongly about like Planned Parenthood and the reproductive services they provide. We need to get to the point in our country where it is a matter of fact that reproductive health care is just health care.”

ELIZABETH: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

ELIZABETH: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

“I volunteer at Planned Parenthood because I want everyone to have access to reproductive health care. I have always had insurance and I was able to get on birth control without any controversy, and I think that’s a right everyone deserves to have.”

ALEX: MY STORY OF CARE

ALEX: MY STORY OF CARE

Alex has been a patient and supporter of Planned Parenthood for 15 years. Because of sexual health stigma in her culture, she turned to Planned Parenthood to get her questions answered and to take charge of her own body.

EBONEY: MY STORY OF CARE

EBONEY: MY STORY OF CARE

Watch Eboney explain how Planned Parenthood came through for her when other health care providers did not.

ERIN: MY STORY OF CARE

ERIN: MY STORY OF CARE

Erin explains how access to safe, legal abortion allowed her to finish law school and fulfill her dreams.

JENNY: MY STORY OF CARE

JENNY: MY STORY OF CARE

At Planned Parenthood, Jenny learned about consent culture, how to love her body, and how to be proud of who she is. She also received lifesaving cervical cancer exams.

JACQUELINE: MY STORY OF CARE

JACQUELINE: MY STORY OF CARE

Jacqueline always knew Planned Parenthood would be there for her. Now she is standing up for Planned Parenthood.

LAURA: MY STORY OF CARE

LAURA: MY STORY OF CARE

Planned Parenthood gave Laura the health care and information she needed to take charge of her life.

JESSIE: MY STORY OF CARE

JESSIE: MY STORY OF CARE

This young UC Riverside student was afraid when she found out she was pregnant. She got the abortion care she needed at Planned Parenthood. Jessie is sharing her story to reduce the shame and stigma surrounding this common medical procedure.

NEFTALI: MY STORY OF CARE

NEFTALI: MY STORY OF CARE

Neftali received reproductive health education from Planned Parenthood; he later became a Planned Parenthood patient and advocate. He knows that Planned Parenthood provides critical health care resources in Coachella Valley — an area that continues to experience a serious shortage of health care providers.

MIRANDA: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

MIRANDA: MY STORY OF SUPPORT

After Miranda, her friends, and family members got the reproductive/sexual health care they needed at Planned Parenthood, she is determined to make sure her community can receive the same care.

KETZIA: MY STORY OF CARE

KETZIA: MY STORY OF CARE

At other health care providers, Ketzia faced judgment and shame. When she came to Planned Parenthood she finally got the care she needed and deserved in a safe, nonjudgmental space. Now she is working to make sure other women have the same opportunity she had.

GRACE: MY STORY OF CARE

GRACE: MY STORY OF CARE

Grace received the care she needed at Planned Parenthood health centers, and now she is ready to give back!

ZHYANDIA JOI: MY STORY OF CARE

ZHYANDIA JOI: MY STORY OF CARE

Zhyandia Joi had a hysterectomy through our Complex Gynecology Program. “I have always been grateful for the services Planned Parenthood provides in the face of ignorance and discrimination,” she said.