Seventeen-year-old Deja Foxx first made headlines when video of a heated debate between herself and Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona went viral. Foxx, who was 16 at the time, grilled the junior senator about the justification behind blocking Planned Parenthood from receiving federal grant money as part of the Title X family planning program. As a direct recipient of Planned Parenthood’s services, Foxx made the trek to went to Washington this week to speak with members of Congress.
Foxx explained to Arizona Democrats that, at the age of 15 years old and with a steady boyfriend, she was worried about what her future would look like if she became pregnant. As a student at a competitive magnet school, she saw the opportunities afforded to her classmates and knew what she wanted. “Watching those kids grow up, I wanted all the chances everyone else had,” Foxx explained. Borrowing her boyfriend’s car, she drove almost an hour to the Margaret Sanger Health Center and left with a seven-month supply of birth control. Without Planned Parenthood’s help, Foxx believes her future could have turned out very differently.
Foxx is one of many young people making a renewed effort to support the fight for reproductive rights. Growing up in an underprivileged area without the resources afforded to other, the teenager said she largely credits Planned Parenthood for helping her keep her life on the path to success. While her story was met with some objections, Foxx remains undeterred. “There are plenty of justifications for Planned Parenthood’s existence.”
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