Planned Parenthood wants to remind its supporters: on Wednesday, we wear pink. If you've seen the color overtake your social media this week, Planned Parenthood has done its job — the embattled women's health care clinic planned to cover the internet in what they called "Planned Parenthood pink" on their national Pink Out Day. They hoped to show that support for women's health is strong all across the country, an absolutely necessary measure when it seems to get attacked at every turn. But there are little ways to stand up for Planned Parenthood on Pink Out Day (and every day), even if it seems like the battles are endless right now.
While the first attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (and simultaneously defund Planned Parenthood) was killed in Congress on Friday, the health clinic says that it's important to "keep the pressure on" now more than ever. They have asked their supporters to let everyone — friends, family, and representatives alike — know about the good work the organization does, and why it is absolutely vital to continue fighting for women's health.
According to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, a staggering 75 percent of Americans oppose the effort to defund their clinics. So if you're among that huge majority, here are ways you can support them on Pink Out Day and every day moving forward:
1. Change Your Profile Picture In Support of Planned Parenthood
This is the easiest and most visible way to make your voice heard on social media. Planned Parenthood has designed this great filter to get your message across, and you can share it on all of your social media platforms.
2. Take The Pledge
Planned Parenthood's pledge to members of Congress tells them you stand with the organization. Regardless of the fact that this latest bill to defund the clinics failed, it is also important to get that message across.
3. Join In Planned Parenthood's Thunderclap
Planned Parenthood organized what they dubbed a "thunderclap" to show support for the organization. Simply put, tweet out why you stand for women's health while using the hashtag #IStandWithPP. Just like with your profile pics or pledges, it's important to show your support long after Pink Out Day is over.
4. Make A Donation, Big Or Small
Making a single donation to Planned Parenthood can make a difference. Whether you give $5 once or set up a monthly donation, this can be an easy way to ensure the organization has the resources it needs for the times ahead.
5. Wear Pink (Duh!)
This one may seem obvious, but it's a great and easy way to get your support across (bonus point that it looks good in the spring time). But truly, clothing can make a statement — think of the memorable times Hillary Clinton has worn suffrage white. Wearing pink in honor of Planned Parenthood can make just as powerful as a statement.
6. Become A Volunteer
Planned Parenthood thrives on the support of its volunteer base. Volunteering doesn't have to be a large time commitment, either — making a difference could be as simple as taking some time out of your Saturday.
7. Support Lawmakers That Champion Women's Health
Lawmakers that support Planned Parenthood certainly have their work cut our for them for the next four years. Contact them to show your support for the difficult work they're doing in Congress to protect women's health.
These are simple things you can do to show your support for Planned Parenthood in a meaningful, sustainable way. Whether you change your profile picture or contact a lawmaker, it all helps toward the larger fight.