There are never too many ways to support Planned Parenthood. And though many are breathing a huge sigh of relief at the Republicans' failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, that doesn't mean that we should suddenly relax and feel like our sexual and women's health services are safe. That's why Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day is here.
On Wednesday, March 29, Planned Parenthood wants you to #PinkOut your social media profiles and show that you support Planned Parenthood. They're encouraging you to pink out your profile picture, share a #PinkOut selfie on social media, and even wear pink to stand with Planned Parenthood and all it does for women around the country. Because the fight is really, really far from over.
They're looking toward the future and they want you to join them. "Now that we've stopped the immediate attack on patients' access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers, it's time to regroup and start building towards our vision for the future — one that truly invests in reproductive health," Kelley Robinson, Deputy National Organizing DirectorPlanned Parenthood Action Fund, explained in a press release. "Planned Parenthood is part of that solution — and it's our job to make sure no matter where you go Wednesday, you can feel our movement's power, mission, and unwavering commitment to our patients and our community."
So how can you join? Well, it's really simple. Join the Thunderclap, which allows your to share your support on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Then use Twibbon to upload a photo#PinkOut your Facebook or Twitter profile.
Plus, everyone looks great with a rosy glow.
You can use your current Facebook photo or a new one. And, you can include a message of support when you post it.
And if social media isn't your thing, don't worry. You still wear pink to show your support.
A Reminder Of All Planned Parenthood Does
You may never have used Planned Parenthood yourself, but it's still important to appreciate the provisions it's made to women across the country. "Planned Parenthood provides essential preventive healthcare for people across the U.S, including abortion services and other essential services such as contraception, STI screening and treatment, and cancer screening," Dr. Marisa Nádas, an OB-GYN at Jacobi Medical Center, NY and a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health, tells Bustle.
And it's hard to underestimate what would happen if we lost Planned Parenthood, because it affects so many different women in so many different ways. "There is no structure currently in place within our healthcare system that could step in to fill the gap that Planned Parenthood would leave if politicians continue their efforts to defund," Nádas says. "Millions of people would be without access to high quality affordable reproductive health services. This means women would not be able to access essential services like screening for cervical cancer and breast cancer." It could completely devastate women's healthcare in some areas of the country where there are just not enough health care providers. That's why it's so important that we keep fighting.
So even if you haven't used Planned Parenthood, there's no denying that provides a vast array of essential services to countless women. They really deserve your support. So please Join the Thunderclap and #PinkOut your profile today.