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Six crucial reproductive health issues are at stake in 2016. Here is what Planned Parenthood Action Fund is fighting for this election.


A surge of medically unnecessary abortion restrictions became law after anti-abortion politicians swept into legislatures in 2010. 

States enacted nearly 300 measures in the past four years, which is more than the previous decade. These plus federal restrictions had dangerous consequences — blocking coverage for abortion, placing onerous regulations on providers, and shutting down health centers. Now, safe and legal abortion is not accessible for many people across the country, especially low-income women.

Let’s get one thing straight: Abortion is health care. Access to it is not only a constitutionally protected right, it’s one that’s supported by two-thirds of Americans. And yet extreme politicians are trying to score cheap political points with policies far outside of the mainstream that would ban safe, legal abortion for everyone even if they’re the victim of rape or incest — and, in some cases, even if their life is on the line.

Enough is enough. It’s time to get politicians out of our personal health decisions and elect leaders who oppose laws that undercut access to safe, legal abortion.

We’re fighting for everybody’s right to access the full range of reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

In 2013, 2.7 million patients came to Planned Parenthood health centers for basic reproductive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and birth control. Approximately one in five women has relied on Planned Parenthood in her life.

But anti-abortion activists and politicians want to block patients from accessing that care. Even though a majority of Americans oppose these political attacks, the anti-abortion movement is pushing measures that would leave far too many people with nowhere to turn for essential health care services

— like legislation to keep patients who use Medicaid or other federal programs from continuing to seek services at Planned Parenthood; policies that try to shut down health centers and keep them from being built; and measures that threaten the safety and dignity of patients who are simply trying to walk into health centers without harassment.

We’ve got to elect a president who will protect everyone’s access to Planned Parenthood. We need leaders who will work with us to end the attacks on Planned Parenthood patients once and for all.


We’re fighting to protect everyone’s ability to access the care they need at Planned Parenthood — no matter what.

Sex Education

Sex education and birth control helped bring U.S. teen pregnancy rates to historic lows, but we still have the highest rate of unintended teen pregnancy of developed countries.

We also have big disparities: Lesbian, bisexual and gay youth experience higher rates of unintended pregnancy and STDs than their heterosexual peers; and young people of color experience disparities in sexual and reproductive health including higher rates of unintended pregnancy and STDs. But opponents are keeping young people at risk by insisting that schools teach abstinence only.

A majority of Americans support sex education: Two-thirds think students should get birth control information at school, and 83% support the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. It’s time to reject ineffective abstinence-only programs and invest in evidence-based sex education that gives accurate information, includes LGBTQ youth and teaches healthy relationships.

We must elect leaders who demand that young people get the tools they need to make informed choices about relationships, sex, and pregnancy.

We’re fighting for all young people to have access to sex education.


The big story of the ACA is the steady, historic progress for women that doesn’t grab headlines: preventive care without copays, no more gender-based price discrimination, and an end to being told that pregnancy or domestic abuse is a “pre-existing condition.”

Today, millions of women, families, and young people are benefiting from Obamacare, and millions more will benefit as the law continues to be implemented.

That’s why Planned Parenthood and its supporters fought so hard for the passage of the ACA in the first place. Despite that, extreme politicians and special interest groups continue their relentless attacks, advocating for a repeal of Obamacare — even targeting the birth control benefit specifically.  

To be clear: Repealing Obamacare would send women back into an era where they paid more for health care simply because of their gender. We are fighting to elect leaders who will protect the health care law.

We’re fighting for all women and their families to have access to affordable health insurance.

Health Equity

All people — whether they’re working parents, young children, families struggling to get by, or CEOs — should have equal access to reproductive health care.

And yet women of color, immigrant women, and LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted by restrictions on reproductive health care access. We need to end inequity and discrimination in access to reproductive health care, while establishing equitable access to affordable health insurance, birth control, and abortion.

Promoting health equity doesn’t end at our country’s borders. The health of women and girls around the world must be protected with foreign policy that makes them central partners in achieving human rights goals.

We need a president who, like Planned Parenthood, is working to ensure that all people have access to reproductive health care — regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. We need leaders who support policies that focus on achieving health equity in reproductive health care at home and abroad.

We're fighting to eliminate inequity and discrimination in access to sexual and reproductive health care.