This week State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R- East Haddam) visited Planned Parenthood of Southern New England in Meriden to take a tour of the premises and meet with trained staff at the facility.
Ziobron, a supporter of the stated mission of Planned Parenthood, said she wanted to see the operation and speak to staff first hand because she was unable to attend an event held recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She added that many people criticize Planned Parenthood without ever spending some time to learn about what they do.
“The people that I met with at Planned Parenthood are professional, compassionate and dedicated to helping people,” said Ziobron. “I realize the right to choose is an emotional issue, but abortions are such a small percentage of their everyday work. The healthcare professionals that work at Planned Parenthood provide a great deal of education and information as well as high-quality medical care.”
In January, Ziobron attended a press conference held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to support the continued fight for reproductive rights.
“The real goal is to help people make informed decisions and provide health care and advice to people that might not otherwise seek it. I think a lot of people fail to consider how many abortions are actually prevented due to the education and help provided by Planned Parenthood,” Ziobron said.
Planned Parenthood has been around for more than 95 years. Over that time they have promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex and family planning.