Lin-Manuel Miranda's Mother Calls Planned Parenthood a "Beacon of Hope" in Vogue Essay

Lin-Manuel Miranda and family_getty - H 2016
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Lin-Manuel Miranda and family_getty - H 2016

Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda and the 'Hamilton' creator are standing up for women's rights.

Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, mother of Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, stressed the importance of Planned Parenthood in a recent essay penned for Vogue.

"I grew up at a time when a young, single woman had no access to oral contraceptives, and our worst fear was an unexpected pregnancy," Dr. Towns-Miranda wrote. "Planned Parenthood was then, and is now, a beacon of hope, and a safe place for those women."

A psychologist and Planned Parenthood board member, Towns-Miranda is a staunch supporter of women's rights. "When I was approached to join the Planned Parenthood National Board, I immediately accepted the invitation," she wrote. "No other grassroots organization has this kind of connection with women, men, and teens. It has been the go-to place for many in this country."

She continued, "It is my heartfelt belief that deciding what to do during an unplanned pregnancy is one of the most difficult choices a woman must make in her life ... I have seen firsthand the adverse impact of the panic, fear, depression, and potential rejection that evolves from an unwanted pregnancy as a source of distress. The severe mental illness associated with maternal rejection is among the most disturbed of mental disorders."

Her son, as part of the initiative to raise funds for Planned Parenthood, has partnered with fundraising platform Prizeo to run a sweepstakes that will award the winner with tickets to attend Hamilton in each of its touring locations — NYC, Chicago and San Francisco — in 2017.

"I entered young adulthood on the cusp of Roe v. Wade," concluded Towns-Miranda. "In supporting Planned Parenthood, I seek to support the reproductive health and choice of all women. I hope you will, too."