What A Planned Parenthood Representative Wants You To Know
If you've noticed that your social feeds have been overtaken by a lovely shade of bright pink, that's because Wednesday is Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day, a day to show you stand with Planned Parenthood. Right now, Planned Parenthood supporters are rallying on Capitol Hill to send the message that they won't stand for the constant attacks on the easy and affordable access to care that Planned Parenthood provides. Across the country, people are also rallying locally, signing petitions, sharing their stories online, wearing pink, and pretty much turning the entire internet pink with pinked-out profile pictures and selfies to show that they stand with Planned Parenthood.
On March 24, House Republican leaders were ultimately forced to pull the Affordable Care Act repeal before a vote could even take place. Included in the now-defunct bill was a provision to defund Planned Parenthood. But with major help from the grassroots efforts of Planned Parenthood's "army of pink" patients, supporters, and advocates, you know what happened.
You *Can* Make A Difference
"If you've ever wondered whether calling your member of Congress, or attending a rally, makes a difference, just look at last Friday," Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President at Planned Parenthood Action Fund tells Bustle. "Because so many people made their voices heard, we were able to defeat a bad bill that would have left 24 million without health insurance and prohibited women and men across the country from getting care at Planned Parenthood health centers."
According to Planned Parenthood, supporters made more than 122,000 phone calls to members of Congress, organized over 1,000 events all over the country, and delivered more than 712,000 signed petitions to members of Congress saying they strongly opposed the idea of "defunding" Planned Parenthood.
The Fight's Not Over
But just because they had a major win, Laguens wants you to know it's not the end. Keep resisting.
"We know that the fight isn't over. But each time they attack our health, rights, or communities, Planned Parenthood will be there in full force," she says. "Today is the day to send a clear message to those same politicians in D.C.: The majority of people in this country support Planned Parenthood, and we will not stand for your attacks on women's health and rights."