Planned Parenthood supporters, community members and partner organizations will come together on Saturday, December 5th, for a National Day of Solidarity to remember the victims of the tragedy in Colorado Springs and to show support for access to safe reproductive health care free from violence, threats and intimidation.
Standing Together in Solidarity
The National Day of Solidarity comes after a tragic shooting last week at a Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a push by Congress days after unspeakable violence to double down on their attacks against reproductive health care — fast-tracking a bill that would block patients from services at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Participants across the nation on Saturday will also show solidarity with the victims of Wednesday’s shooting in California, as well as speak out against the hateful rhetoric that has incited violence against the black community, against immigrants, against refugees, against the transgender community.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these terrible tragedies, and we are resolved to stop this from happening again," said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Standing Against Hateful Rhetoric
One of the lessons of the awful tragedy in Colorado Springs is that words matter, and hateful rhetoric fuels violence.
"It’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also denouncing the poisonous rhetoric that fueled it," Laguens said. "Instead, some politicians are continuing to stoke it, which is unconscionable — going so far as to try and pass legislation further blocking access to health care just days after the tragedy in Colorado Springs,” she added.
How to Get Involved
Events will take place in Washington, D.C., and Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as across the country.
- WHO: Planned Parenthood supporters and ally organizations
- WHAT: National Day of Solidarity
- WHERE: Washington, DC; Colorado; and communities across the country
- WHEN: Saturday, December 5
Join our Facebook invite page to find out about local events across the country.
Day of Solidarity Partners
Partners include Advocates for Youth, Black Women’s Health Imperative, National Abortion Federation, National Black Justice Coalition, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Organization for Women, NARAL, and SEIU.
About Planned Parenthood
Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides 2.7 million women and men with critical reproductive health care — such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment and well-woman exams.
More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in underserved patient communities such as rural or medically underserved areas — meaning that without Planned Parenthood, many patients would literally have nowhere else to turn.