Millions of dollars invested in 50-state effort to help elect reproductive freedom champions up and down the ballot
Let’s be clear: In the presidential election coming in 2020, our very rights and freedoms are on the line. This election will determine our access to birth control, cancer screenings, sex education, abortion access and more. And we have the power to win.
Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are an elections powerhouse. Together, we elected the most pro-choice, pro-reproductive health House of Representatives ever. Together, we helped to put reproductive health champions in control of multiple state legislatures where they can protect our rights and our access to care. We show up and we show out to ensure that all people — no matter how much money they make, where they live, their sexual orientation, etc. — have access to the full range of comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion, no matter what.
Our presence, and our power — in our homes, on the streets, and at the ballot box — is crucial. Together, we make a difference in the fight to ensure that our public officials fight for our rights and freedoms.
Pictured: Kelley Robinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and vice president, advocacy & organizing at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
We don’t have time to play around, because they’re playing with our lives. The single most important thing that any of us can do to fight for Planned Parenthood and for the people that we love is to build the power right here, right now.
The bottom line is this: we are sitting in a moment of great peril, but also of great opportunity. The only question: what are we willing to do? Well, I know that I’m ready to win.
So today, we at Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations across the country are launching our largest ever electoral effort. Our goal is simple: to take back the Senate, the White House, state legislatures, and defeat harmful ballot measures across the country.
Find Out Where the Candidates Stand
Learn where the presidential candidates stand on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
We know we can win. Public opinion is on our side. The vast majority of people in America supports access to abortion — and doesn’t want to see birth control or Planned Parenthood under attack. But right now, with Donald Trump we have a president who is determined to crush our reproductive rights — and a Senate that refuses to lift a finger to stop him.
That’s why in 2018, people rose up to take back the House and flipped state legislatures across the country. It’s why voters turned out in massive numbers, with women as the deciding factor — creating a record-setting gender gap by voting overwhelmingly against politicians who had attacked access to health care, and electing more women to serve in Congress — and more women to office — than ever before in this nation’s history.
Voters issued a clear mandate in 2018: they want more access to health care, and policies that protect their rights and freedoms. Access to reproductive health care — including safe, legal abortion is a WINNING ISSUE for candidates.
So we want to equip people with facts: because you need to know whether candidates and elected officials stand with us on our health and rights. (Spoiler: Donald Trump absolutely does not.)
Uncover the Trump-Pence administration’s latest attacks on our health and rights.
WE CAN WIN … but so much hangs in the balance. The Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood and other providers out of the national program for birth control and reproductive health care, Title X, through an unethical gag rule. Trump continues to nominate — and Senate Republicans continue to confirm — judicial nominees with long records of rolling back reproductive rights and voicing interest in overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that affirms our right to safe, legal abortion. And in October 2019, the Supreme Court took up its first abortion case since Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — a decision that could defy precedent and make the protections of Roe v. Wade virtually meaningless.
There is no question that the impacts of these attacks are felt hardest by communities of color, LGBTQ people, and Americans with low incomes. But here’s what’s also true: communities that have been historically disenfranchised and marginalized — including women of color, especially Black women — have determined elections in this country time and time again, by overwhelmingly supporting candidates who support access to reproductive health care. In 2017, Black women turned out in historic numbers in Alabama to vote for U.S. Senator Doug Jones in a special election — despite strict voter ID laws and other efforts by Alabama’s government to deny them their constitutional right to vote.
That’s why Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will continue to work in these communities to reach and mobilize supporters. In particular, we will focus on reaching, motivating, and turning out young, Black, and Latinx voters — people who have taken the brunt of the Trump-Pence administration’s attacks.
We Decide 2020
Our rights and freedoms are on the line, but we’re making our largest-ever electoral effort because together — with our power — we can win this.
Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations don’t just organize around elections every two or four years. We organize every month of every year — and have deeper, more effective relationships with key communities because of it.
What we know because of that work is clear: attacks on reproductive health have galvanized support for our issues. 77 percent of Americans do not want to see Roe overturned. There is no state in this country where banning abortion is popular. New polling shows that voters not only strongly oppose the Title X gag rule, but also are less likely to support politicians who support it.
So be encouraged — and encourage your family and friends to get informed on the reproductive rights records of the 2020 presidential candidates. Today and through the Election Day in 2020, we are fired up, we are engaged — and we will elect reproductive freedom champions at all levels of government, from the White House to the state house.
Take the “I Decide” Pledge
The only way we can fight back against the harmful and dangerous laws and policies coming from anti-reproductive health politicians is by changing who's writing and passing them. Are you with us?