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Tumblr, in all its glorious wisdom, won’t let me reblog myself, but please reblog my post, Resources for Decision-Making and Low-Income Parenting! The more people who know about it, the better!
This should be longer! I was scared, it was unexpected and unwanted, but the PP in Olympia, WA was wonderful and compassionate when I came to them and had my pregnancy confirmed. They first discussed options: carrying to term and adopting, carrying to term and actively parenting, or aborting. They explained the assorted resources available to me based on my age/income bracket/etc in the area, and asked what kind of emotional/financial support I had from my parents (who did NOT know I was pregnant three weeks into my freshman year of college). I explained that I wanted an abortion, and they discussed the financial situation with me, that I had to provide payment for it, whether with state vouchers for low-income medical care or out-of-pocket or insurance. I had health insurance but was afraid to use it because my parents would find out. I tried to get state assistance but was unable to do so due to my insurance and my parents’ income. I didn’t know what I was going to do and I was unable to come up with the finances needed to abort. Luckily (?) for me, I ended up miscarrying at approximately 11 weeks, which was far along enough that I needed to go to the ER and have a D&C at the local Catholic hospital (where the staff was, once again, compassionate and kind). Eventually, the bill for the ER visit ended up at my parents’ house and the whole story came out, and they were sympathetic and my mom told me about how she’d had two abortions before deciding to have me.
I continued to use Planned Parenthood as my go-to for reproductive health resources even when I didn’t have insurance (thanks, Take Charge program!). When I did have insurance, I still went, because the staff was so amazing. When my husband and I decided to get pregnant, the nurse-practitioner at PP taught me how to track my cycle and my fertile days. With what she taught me, I was able to get pregnant within two weeks of “trying”. I now have a gorgeous and rowdy 14-month-old son, and I am still using the resources provided by Planned Parenthood staff to track my cycle and plan my next pregnancy.
What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing!
(Take Charge is Washington’s Medicaid family planning program. I didn’t know there were different names, so I’m sure someone else out there didn’t, either.)
The Medicaid expansion would have offered health insurance coverage to 16 million people. Now states apparently can make up their own minds whether or not to accept the expansion – and that means if Florida, Texas and other big states knock it back, then there will be millions of Americans who will miss out on the benefits of the healthcare reforms.
On the Medicaid expansion: the court has ruled that the government can only offer a carrot in terms of higher funding, but not the stick of taking away all of a state’s Medicaid funding.
States have complained that the expansion costs them money, despite the extra funding they’ll receive. Now they can turn down the expansion, which offers the expansion of coverage to mainly low income people without health insurance.
We’ll need to see some analysis of the consequences of this decision, and which states may decide to snub their noses at the Medicaid expansion.
does arizona medical from the state-access- cover abortion
Are you asking about AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid agency? It covers abortion services if the abortion is to preserve the life of the pregnant person, in the case of rape or incest, or if the pregnancy poses a non-life-threatening danger to the pregnant person’s mental or physical health.
For everyone else, the Guttmacher Institute has newly-updated fact sheets on state policies:
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