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As part of a series of celebrity-designed shirts, Union highlights access to
birth control as key issue in election

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund released a limited-edition t-shirt designed by actor Gabrielle Union, star of the hit BET series “Being Mary Jane.” The t-shirt is the second of three celebrity-designed t-shirts the Action Fund will sell to highlight what’s at stake for young women in November’s election as part of their Women are Watching advocacy and political campaign.

You can view or order the Gabrielle Union t-shirt HERE.

The front of the shirt reads: My Birth Control. My Decision.
And the back of the shirt reads: Women Are Watching.

The Scarlett Johansson t-shirt is currently available on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s e-store.

“It’s hard to believe we’re still living in a time when some politicians believe they should make decisions for women about birth control and basic health care. That’s why I’m always proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s efforts to engage women around critical issues in the upcoming election through their Women Are Watching campaign. We have to vote like our access to birth control and basic health care is on the line this year – because it is,” said Gabrielle Union.

Union has been a long time supporter of Planned Parenthood’s health and electoral initiatives. In 2012, she served as the spokesperson for Planned Parenthood’s breast health initiative launch and recorded a video sharing her personal story to encourage women to stay on top of their breast health. Union also helped launch Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s 2012 Women Are Watching campaign with Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and actresses America Ferrera, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Julianne Moore.

“We’re proud to partner with Gabrielle Union once again to motivate millions of young women in what will be a critical election for women. Women’s health and rights are under unprecedented attack, as proved by the U.S. Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. We have less than 40 days until Election Day, and we’re fighting back. Every woman in this country deserves elected leaders that will protect access to birth control, preventive health services provided by Planned Parenthood, and safe and legal abortion. Most importantly, we need more leaders to trust women to make their own health care decisions,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Last month, Scarlett Johansson kicked of the series and later this month, a t-shirt designed by Orange is the New Black stars Natasha Lyonne and Selenis Leyva will be released. The shirts are part of Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Women Are Watching campaign, which educates and mobilizes young voters around women’s health and rights. In November, women’s health will be a deciding factor in key races in several states, including North Carolina, Alaska, and Colorado.

The majority of Americans believe that a woman and her doctor, not politicians, should be making health care decisions. In fact, six in 10 young Americans believe abortion should be available in all or most cases, and 68 percent believe it should be available in their own community. Like the majorities of Americans, young Americans and especially young millennials of color, support the birth control benefit and are enraged and engaged around the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, which gives bosses the legal right to deny their employees access to birth control coverage in their insurance plans.

Background on the Planned Parenthood Women are Watching campaign:

  • Women’s health played the defining role in Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory last year in Virginia. He won women by nine points — matching Obama’s 2012 advantage with Virginia women, beating Obama’s 2008 advantage with Virginia women by two points, and flipping Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's eight point advantage with women that propelled him to victory in 2009. Notably, 20 percent of Virginia voters said abortion was the most important issue in determining their vote, and McAuliffe won 59 percent of those votes.
  • Polling from the 2012 election shows that access to safe and legal abortion, affordable birth control, and basic health care access are motivating voting issues for women, who view them as core economic issues for their families.  An overwhelming majority of women voters trust Planned Parenthood political and advocacy organizations when they speak out about issues affecting the health of women.
  • A 2012 post-election report from the Sunlight Foundation on big winners and losers found that the Planned Parenthood Action Fund had a 98 percent return on investment — having supported 12 winning candidates and opposed 12 losing candidates.
  • Learn more about the Women are Watching campaign at womenarewatching.org.

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