For Jocelyn—who had an abortion at a Des Moines Planned Parenthood in 2002—the fact that Planned Parenthood benefits from her tax dollars makes her sick.
In a video made by Students for Life of America, Jocelyn described her experience with her abortion fifteen years ago. She arrived at the Iowa clinic at 7 AM and waited in a dark and dirty room. Also in the room was a couple crying in the corner and a woman, sitting alone in quiet despair.
When it was time for Jocelyn to go back for her abortion, no one asked her if she was sure this was what she wanted.
“No one talks to you. No one comforts you. No one explains anything to you. There was no discussion of options… There was no suggestion of adoption,” said Jocelyn.
Jocelyn didn’t understand the procedure; she reveals that she thought there was no baby yet, so she was surprised when they did an ultrasound. Staff and the doctor did nothing to educate her. They simply told her it would feel like mild cramping and then proceeded with the abortion.
“That is the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” shared Jocelyn. “They say it only lasts about 10 minutes. It felt like an hour of hell.”
The abortion didn’t just affect Jocelyn. Her partner at the time, who came with her to the abortion, stood in the room crying.
“This is a grown man. Bawling.”
After Jocelyn’s abortion, they checked to make sure her bleeding was within normal range, and then she was free to go. There was no follow-up care, which Jocelyn desperately needed. She relates how the abortion impacted her ability to bond with the daughter she already had and the child she had afterward. It also impacted her day-to-day life.
“You’ll find that abortion affects all sorts of areas in your life.”
Since her abortion, Jocelyn has struggled with drug abuse, she doesn’t trust doctors, and she can’t even get her teeth cleaned because the machines remind her of her abortion.
“The suction. The sound of the machines puts me right back at that day. And I can’t even go to have a cleaning done because it’s that traumatic.”
Jocelyn, who calls herself a one- issue voter, says it’s time to see action by pro-life politicians; it’s time to defund Planned Parenthood.
“My husband works really hard, and we live paycheck to paycheck,” said Jocelyn. “To know that my husband’s hard-earned money goes to fund an organization that has destroyed my life and the lives of thousands of women—in addition to destroying children in the womb—is repugnant. And it makes me sick.”
Call your member of Congress today to encourage them to defund Planned Parenthood. If you or someone you loved has been impacted by abortion, visit Rachel’s Vineyard’s website, an organization that offers help and healing.