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Planned Parenthood Action Fund at ESSENCE Festival 2022


Stand with Black Women House
700 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


10:30 AM - Setting the TONE: Where Sexual Health Meets Self-Care

Exploring the intersections between sexual health, self-care, and wellness, featuring TONE Volume 1

12:00 PM - Black Brands Against Bans

How Black woman-owned brands have used their platforms to engage in the conversation around abortion and social justice. 

1:30 PM - Naming What’s at Stake: National conversation about reproductive and sexual health

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, states across the country are poised to ban abortion and move toward encroaching on other civil liberties and freedoms. Conversation will talk about what this could look like, and how we fight back.


10:30 AM - A More Just Birth: Conversation on Black Maternal Health hosted by PPFA

Black women disproportionately suffer life-threatening complications and even death while pregnant. A conversation discussing factors contributing to maternal mortality and ways to improve outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy.

12:00 PM - Midterms: It’s More than Just a Test hosted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund

A conversation about what’s on the line in this year’s midterm elections and what issues matter most to millennials and Gen Z. 

1:30 PM - Storytelling as Activism hosted by PPFA

Bringing together content creators and activists to share how they use the power of entertainment to create change and reduce stigma. How talking about abortion and sexual and reproductive health on and off-screen can reduce stigma. 

3:00 PM – Beyond the Birds and the Bees hosted by PPFA

Conversation on the evolution of sex positive education, parenting, and living.


9:15 AM - Civil Right Roundtable


  • Alexis McGill Johnson, president, Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • Melanie Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Damon Hewitt, president and executive director, Lawyers Committee
  • Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP
  • Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president, National Action Network

We Are Outraged

The Supreme Court has ruled that politicians have the right to dictate control of our bodies. The court has taken away the right to abortion — which has been federally protected for nearly 50 years — and stolen our freedom to make decisions about our lives, our futures. 

Half the states in these United States could move quickly to eliminate access to abortion care. 

Here is what the courts, the bans, and politicians will NOT do: They will not defeat our movement. In this critical moment, we invite you — along with your sisters, your mothers, and your aunties — to join us NOW.

Work with us, to organize and empower our communities, to fight for sexual and reproductive rights. Planned Parenthood sees you — all of you — and we are proud to join you at ESSENCE Fest.

What You Can Do to Oppose Abortion Bans and Restrictions:

1. Sign Up for the Black Organizing Program

Get updates about ways to advocate for Black communities by signing up for Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Black Organizing Program.

Sign Up

2. Donate

 Donate to Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


3. Share Planned Parenthood’s abortion access messaging on social media. 


4. Encourage Your Company to Join the Don't Ban Equality Network

It includes more than 60 national companies that have committed to support abortion access and that oppose state bans.


5. Share Your Story

Storytelling is a vehicle for social change and justice.

Share your story

Text “ESSENCE” to the number 22422 to make a donation to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

Visit the Bans Off Our Bodies webpage to learn more, sign up, and get involved in the movement.

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.

Key Contacts

We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with YOU. To learn more about our arts, entertainment, and culture resources, contact: [email protected].