Kylee, “usually dressed like a princess…and dreaming impossible things,” is laying down some royal proclamations about something that is in fact quite possible: continued access for all women to the lifesaving Pap test.

When we provide women with access and choice, we create a better, healthier, more equitable system.

When women have a voice in health guidelines that impact our bodies, better decisions can be made. When it comes to our health, we need to know that decisions will be ours to consider, to advocate for, and to make.

It wasn’t that long ago that cervical cancer was the deadliest form of cancer for women in the United States. But with the widespread use of Pap tests, cervical cancer has gone from the number one cancer killer of women to number 14. In fact, cervical cancer is often cose to 100 percent curable if detected early through screenings.

However, proposed changes to the guidelines could eliminate the Pap, leaving thousands of women vulnerable to incomplete testing. We can not let that happen.

All women should have access to tests that can potentially save their life. All women should have a voice when making decisions about their bodies.

For the health of all women, the Pap and HPV tests should remain a part of our routine wellness screening. We need to advocate for ourselves; we deserve the best chance at a long and healthy life!