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Congresswoman Shares Her Planned Parenthood Story

In the middle of Tuesday's five-hour congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood, one congresswoman shared a story about her experience with the organization.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, told a story that illustrates how vital Planned Parenthood is for many men and women -- particularly among low-income people.

Duckworth explained, coming from a poor family, she got through college using student loans, Pell Grants and two jobs.

To get one of those jobs as a waitress, Duckworth needed a health exam.

She couldn't afford a doctor. But her to-be employer told her all she needed to do was go to a local Planned Parenthood, get an exam and she could start the job in two days.

Duckworth said

It was a lifesaver... I remember what it was like to be a young person needing the healthcare and being able to trust that I could go to my local Planned Parenthood to get all the care that I needed. So thank you to the organization for providing those services for me.

Here's the full clip.

Citations: Tammy Duckworth's Experience With Planned Parenthood (C-SPAN)