It’s #ResistanceRecess: Throngs of Planned Parenthood supporters are showing their strong opposition to “defunding” legislation at local events hosted by their members of Congress.
Anti-abortion extremists in Congress have stopped at nothing to attack reproductive health care — and here’s where it gets ridiculous: When voters find out what defunding Planned Parenthood actually means, only 12% support it. That’s why, as members of Congress return to their home states for recess, Planned Parenthood supporters around this country are showing up in full force — at town halls, at their elected officials’ offices, and at rallies. Throughout this week, we’re making sure every politician understands that millions of people’s health care is on the line. And their representatives need to listen because they work for you.
Want to join the thousands who are showing up and being loud about their support for Planned Parenthood?
Here are four ways you can participate in the Congressional Recess Week of Action, February 18 to February 25:
1. Sign Our Letter To Congress
Earth to Congress: People are fed up with attacks on health care, and anti-abortion lawmakers must listen to their constituents. Tell gynoticians you're a part of the overwhelming majority that opposes defunding care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Tell them you're ready to fight like hell to protect reproductive health and rights in his country. Tell Congress you stand with Planned Parenthood, you fight with Planned Parenthood, and you will support those who stand with Planned Parenthood.
2. Tweet At Your Elected Official
Signing our petition is a great first step — and thanks to WeTweet.org, you can now tweet at your member of Congress as well. All you need to is add your zip code and the tool will generate your tweet.
3. Call Your Elected Official
Letters, tweets, petitions and emails are important, but we know that calls have the largest impact and grab lawmakers’ attention. Make a call now — and tell your senator to vote NO on any attempt to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Check out the call script if you need help, put in your information, and our tool will call to connect you with your senator.
4. Show Up To A Town Hall
Now more than ever, members of Congress must understand that their constituents need access to health care and that blocking people from getting care at Planned Parenthood is NOT what their communities want. Bring a sea of pink to your town hall by encouraging friends, family, and fellow activists to show their support — with Planned Parenthood shirts, signs, hats, buttons and more. Then, at the town hall, ask your elected official about Planned Parenthood — and share a Planned Parenthood story if you can.
Unable to attend a town hall?
Local Planned Parenthood action groups across the nation are having their own #StandWithPP events! Find an event near you, or host an event of your own. However you choose to show up and #StandwithPP, make sure you do — and bring friends.
Remember: We now have a federal government in the hands of extreme lawmakers who are close to turning their dangerous agenda into a reality. The only thing stopping them from delivering on their promises is you.
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