Letter: Blum should support Planned Parenthood

“A stitch in time saves 9.” Remember all the cliches we learned when we were young? “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As children, we were taught that taking care of something is important. When I started driving, my father impressed on me the importance of regular oil changes and other car maintenance.

What I don’t understand is why Rep. Rod Blum has consistently voted against preventive health care for his constituents. Health care isn’t merely going to the emergency room for care, it is having the ability for regular check ups and health planning.

One of our most effective partners in health care is Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. In 2016, PPH served 33,800 patients in Iowa. They performed 4,097 cervical cancer screenings, 74,418 tests for sexually transmitted infections, and 6,730 breast exams. In addition, their educators hosted 2,840 educational programs that reached 42,828 teens, adults, parents, and families. Access to affordable birth control lowers teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancies rates. Family planning for lower income families is vital.

Blum has voted to take the availability of affordable preventive health care away from his constituents. As concerned individuals, my husband and I, along with others, have tried for months to discuss this and other concerns we have with our elected representative. We have been unable to do so. Locked doors greet visitors to the newly relocated office.

If you have concerns, you need to call his office, (319) 364-2288 or (202) 225-2911.

Jan Patterson

Marion

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