Submitting this on behalf of and by request of Anna Johnson of Glens Falls, NY.RAGE.
Background: I am on disability. As such, I use the Medicab service to get to doctor appointments and such. I go to Planned Parenthood for my women’s care services.
Today I called them to set up a ride for tomorrow. I have an appointment at Planned Parenthood because of some ongoing problems, and the nurse who saw me there last week wanted me to see their doctor, who only comes in a few days a week. So, appointment, 10:15 am. Schedule cab ride there and cab ride home. I’ve never had a problem with that before.
I call, and when asked, I say that I need to set up a ride for tomorrow. They ask me where. I say, “Planned Parenthood,” and give the street address.
“I’m sorry, we don’t do calls to Planned Parenthood. We don’t do abortions,” says the guy on the other end.
At that point my jaw hit the floor.
“This is an appointment with a doctor,” I said, steam coming out of my ears.
“What’s the doctor’s name?” he asks.
I tell him.
“I’ll have to check with my supervisor,” he says.
I wait a few moments. He comes back and says, “It’s okay since it’s just a doctor’s appointment.”
I manage to be civil, and finally hang up.
Still. Whiskey. Tango. Fuck. First, that he assumed that I would be having an abortion simply on the grounds that I was going to Planned Parenthood (I live in a not-too-wealthy, somewhat rural area - a lot of women depend on PP for well-woman care). Second, so what if it was an abortion? They should still provide transportation for women who need it!
Asscactus. I have not the words.