I am a married woman, a grad student at UW, and a proud supporter of women’s health care. This is my story, and this is our last chance to pass the RPA this year to ensure that women like me maintain the freedom and privacy to make our own pregnancy decisions.
Four months after I got married, the unbelievable happened. My IUD failed. My husband and I had the perfect 5-year plan for having children once we established our careers, but here I was pregnant–our perfect plans perfectly uprooted.
We had done everything we were supposed to, and we weren’t ready for a family yet. We decided the best decision for ourselves and our future was to end the pregnancy.
I was lucky. Thanks to Washington State’s current insurance plans that cover abortion, my insurance covered most of the expenses as well as the after care. It was a relief that we could move on with our careers and our future plans for our family.
But women like me may not be so lucky if the state legislature does not pass the Reproductive Parity Act this year. Without the RPA, the 200,000 women who gain health insurance just a few months from now under the new health reform law may be left without the choices I had.
Our state legislature needs to pass the RPA now as they enter special session. Senators Rodney Tom and Steve Litzow keep saying they haven’t passed it yet because “it’s a procedural matter.”
But this isn’t procedural. This is my life.
Women like me want to be able to make the best decision for ourselves and our families. Our future plans and pregnancy decisions shouldn’t be made because of our insurance plans.
Please take action so others have the same privacy to make their own medical decisions the way we did. This is the last chance you will have this year to ask our elected leaders to stand up for families whose health care depends on this bill passing.
I care so much about this bill because I saw what a difference it made to have my abortion covered. Together, let’s stand up for all Washington women so they, too, can do what it takes to protect their health and their family.
Suzanne R., Planned Parenthood supporter, Seattle resident