Local supporters gather in Cambridge to stand with Planned Parenthood
Cambridge, Massachusetts – As extremist politicians in Washington continue unprecedented attacks on reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood’s federal funds, activists joined together to show they stand with Planned Parenthood and the critical preventive health care they provide each year to 2.7 million women and men across the country. Activists gathered in Cambridge to recruit new supporters to their fight, hear directly from Planned Parenthood patients, and to send a clear message to lawmakers that this extreme agenda is deeply unpopular and will not be tolerated.
Today’s event was part of a national “Pink Out Day,” where supporters across the country held sex-ed teach ins, rallies, and free STD testing to demonstrate the essential role Planned Parenthood plays in the community.
“Today our community comes together to stand up for women and families across Massachusetts who rely on Planned Parenthood for essential, preventive reproductive health care, like birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment and well-woman exams,” said Tricia Wajda, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund. “The onslaught of attacks on women’s health is part of a dangerous agenda by extremist politicians who are determined to roll back access to reproductive health care and ban safe and legal abortion – even if it means a government shutdown. By hijacking women’s health for political gain, these out-of-touch politicians are turning their backs on the health care needs of millions of patients. Tonight, Massachusetts supporters join other activists across the county in an effort to elevate the voices of those who will be most impacted by dangerous politics.”
“My Planned Parenthood story started out like so many other young women my age: I was a teenager lacking proper sex ed and living in a household where you didn’t talk about things like reproductive health. Planned Parenthood was the first place I felt like I was empowered with information and where I was in control of my health and my body. I have remained a loyal patient to Planned Parenthood because I know I can always rely on them, no matter what.
Attacks on Planned Parenthood aren’t just attacks on birth control and abortion access; they are attacks on the people who need Planned Parenthood the most. This is personal. And that is why I’m fighting back.” said Planned Parenthood patient and activist Kanisha Hans.
At Cambridge’s Pink Out Day event, activists mobilized in Harvard Square gathering signatures in support of Planned Parenthood. Afterwards, supporters heard from Planned Parenthood patients and staff and then shared their own stories, took photos to share on social media, and wrote letters to Congress.
Pink Out Day comes in response to efforts by some politicians in Congress who are determined to strip Planned Parenthood of critical federal funding, leaving women without access to health care options when they need them most.
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts cares for 30,000 women, men and young people in Massachusetts each year.
Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides 2.7 million women, men and young people a year with critical preventive health care. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas.
Congressional leadership has launched an unprecedented attack on women’s health --- four votes to restrict women’s health in four weeks, and nearly 40 attempts to restrict women’s access to health care this year. Extreme politicians in Congress are trying to ban abortion and attack women’s access to health care and it’s time for that to stop.
Since these attacks started, every scientific poll that has been conducted has found broad, deep support for Planned Parenthood. Eight national polls and six polls in swing states have all found that solid majorities support continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood’s preventive health care and that the public has overwhelmingly positive sentiment toward Planned Parenthood.