SEATTLE — On October 16, Planned Parenthood becomes 100 years strong. As part of the celebration, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) will kick off Pink Out the Vote as part of a nationwide effort to get out the vote.
The #ActStrong voting efforts will help to elect reproductive health champions, such as Hillary Clinton and local leaders like Lisa Wellman and Marisa Peloquin in Washington, Vince Beltrami in Alaska and Stanley Chang in Hawaii. National and local races have the ability to protect 100 years of care and progress made by Planned Parenthood and its supporters.
“Planned Parenthood health centers have provided essential health care for a century. Since day one, Planned Parenthood has believed everyone deserves access to basic health care and sexual health information – and has defiantly fought to ensure no one can take that away,” said Treasure Mackley, Political and Organizing Director at PPVNH. “There is too much at stake in this election to take a back seat. We will #ActStrong and fight to make sure we elect a champion like Hillary Clinton and not someone who will degrade women and strip away basic health and rights.”
With only five weeks to go until the election, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations across the country are knocking on doors and talking with voters. PPVNH will talk to 40,000 voters by knocking on doors and phone banking about the importance of down ballot state legislative races in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington.
Nationally, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Votes and local advocacy and political organizations are running their largest electoral program to date, spending $30 million to reach voters at the doors, in the mail, on the phones and through the airwaves.
“Momentum is on our side. As Planned Parenthood celebrates its 100 year anniversary, we have the most progressive presidential ticket in our history. Hillary Clinton is a fierce and proven champion for women and for families. Her record on women’s health speaks for itself,” said Mackley.
Founded on the still too revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives, Planned Parenthood has helped women and families fulfill their dreams. That has included fighting against those who wish to deny access to basic health care. For 100 years people have tried to stop Planned Parenthood, and for 100 years they have failed.
“We are focused on mobilizing our supporters to elect Hillary Clinton and women’s health champions down the ballot to protect the progress made over the past century,” said Mackley.