Planned Parenthood is sponsoring an incredible and inspiring blog, I Am Emily X. The blog, which documents the responses of the many “Emily Xs” working as patient escorts, clinic aids, etc across the country, highlights their responses to protesters. I won’t try to summarize the blog here, but I will quote this post, “We Are a Family:”
They could accomplish so much with that much energy and commitment. I want to take them with me to the programs I work with that help survivors of domestic violence; or to places that shelter families that are homeless; or to the centers that provide early childhood education; or to recovery programs for ex-offenders. That is what it means to me to be “pro-life.” My message to the protesters: “Please, get out of the way of people simply exercising their legal right to medical care. Go out and do something that actually brings life to someone else.”
Sometimes, it is easy to forget that only 2% of Planned Parenthood’s services each year are abortions. Planned Parenthoods also offer adoption counseling, pre-natal care, and information for men and women facing frightening and uncomfortable decisions.
Of course, I am not Emily X. I am Ashley B. and I am Planned Parenthood too.