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Planned Parenthood Votes Joins Progressive Groups in Massive GOTV Day of Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, October 18, 2020
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Planned Parenthood Votes, Women’s March, Supermajority, and others hosted march and organizing efforts 17 days before Election Day.

Washington, DC — Yesterday, Planned Parenthood Votes joined Women’s March, Supermajority, and other progressive organizations in a “Count on Us” nationwide get-out-the-vote (GOTV) event, followed by a GOTV text-a-thon, focused on the power of women voters in this election. More than 10,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., in addition to more than 430 sister marches in all 50 states. As of this morning, nearly 3 million texts have been sent from the virtual texting event, which concludes tonight.

Planned Parenthood Votes was a proud partner in this effort, leading the hour-long text banking session at the National Mall and giving supporters the resources to continue text banking and organizing from home. In addition, Planned Parenthood Votes helped organize events in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Arizona, and Planned Parenthood Votes Michigan led a phone bank in the state. Planned Parenthood Votes’ national volunteer program also ran six volunteer-led calls on Saturday, enabling voters from any state to support get out the vote efforts in target states and across the country.

The marches occurred after a week of Senate Judiciary hearings on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, an active and vocal threat to our reproductive health and rights, and with less than 20 days until Election Day.

Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, spoke to participants about what’s at stake in this election:

“It’s not hyperbole to say that everything is on the line this November -- we cannot afford four more years of this administration attacking our access to reproductive health and rights. And after what we saw from Senate Republicans this week in the Judiciary committee, we also can’t afford four more years of Senators like John Cornyn and Joni Ernst falling in line behind Trump’s agenda and judicial nominees… We’ve built a grassroots movement powered by our volunteers to contact voters all across the nation and in battleground states. And with your help, we’re going to keep calling, texting, and contacting thousands of voters in those key states. Because this election, we decide our futures.”




Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, and Jasmine Clemons, a Planned Parenthood patient storyteller from Baltimore, MD, addressing the march participants.



Yesterday's events are part of Planned Parenthood Votes’ larger efforts to elect champions for reproductive rights up and down the ballot across the country. This January, Planned Parenthood Votes launched “We Decide 2020” - Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations’ largest electoral program ever - with a historic investment of at least $45 million in key battleground states during the 2020 cycle.


Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.