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Part of Campaign to Mobilize Voters to “Ask Mitt”

Washington, DC — Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes announced they will paint Denver pink in the days leading up the first presidential debate. The Action Fund will hold a rally in Denver on Tuesday and Planned Parenthood Votes will run a series of ads targeting Colorado voters spanning TV, mobile, and online. The blitz is part of a wide, sweeping campaign to mobilize voters to “Ask Mitt” about his domestic policy positions, which would have real consequences for women, women’s health and women’s economic security.

The centerpiece of the campaign is “Ask Mitt” — an online voter engagement campaign that has already generated thousands of submissions via twitter and through the website http://www.ask-mitt.com. In the days leading up to the debate, supporters are being asked to vote for their favorite “Ask Mitt” questions (top five below).

Additionally, the groups are rolling out the following in Denver:

  • an Action Fund “Ask Mitt” rally for women’s health on Tuesday, October 2, with Planned Parenthood Action Fund president, Cecile Richards;
  • a new 30-second ad, “Ask Mitt,” from PPVotes on local Colorado television, that you can view here: http://youtu.be/GjZcbFml9JE;
  • two Planned Parenthood Votes geo-targeted “Ask Mitt” 15-second mobile / tablet ads targeting Colorado voters, that you can view here: http://youtu.be/emFT0ao-ANU, and here: http://youtu.be/8oewPkpgQJo;
  • takeover “Ask Mitt” Planned Parenthood Votes advertising on the politics section of the Denver Post online all day Tuesday and Wednesday of next week; andan “Ask Mitt” giant movable chalkboard where pedestrians can paint their questions that will be placed around different locations in Denver in the days leading up to the debate.

Here are the top five questions the campaign brings to light about Mitt Romney’s agenda for policy and programs that are important to women and families:

  • To @MittRomney: If you "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, what's the plan for the 3 million people who receive health care there?
  • To @MittRomney: Why end Title X family planning for 5 million people when every $1 invested saves $3.74 for taxpayers?
  • To @MittRomney: If you repeal Obamacare, what happens to the 45 million women who would lose preventive care w/ no co-pays?
  • To @MittRomney: When are you going to address the fact that family planning is an economic issue?
  • To @MittRomney: Is birth control the ONLY health service bosses should be able to deny their employees?

The Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and sees firsthand the women and families who would be hurt by the policies that Mitt Romney supports. 

“There’s no question that women’s health will play an important role in the election this year — which is why Planned Parenthood Action Fund is focused on educating voters about the dangers of Mitt Romney and mobilizing them to have their voices heard,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

“Mitt Romney’s proposed policies would devastate women across this country who need access to affordable, quality health care — including birth control. What Governor Romney doesn’t seem to understand is that women’s health issues ARE also economic issues for women and their families. And, while Romney and his closest allies are busy injecting politics into women’s health, we’ll be out there educating voters about the stark differences between President Obama and Governor Romney on the issues women care about,” Laguens said.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade and end safe and legal abortion; have said they support extreme “personhood” measures that would give full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs; would defund Planned Parenthood, cutting off women’s access to preventive care, including cancer screenings and birth control; and have promised to shut down the nation’s family planning program that more than five million people a year rely on for birth control, cancer screenings and other care.

Efforts to eliminate access to birth control, cancer screenings and basic preventive health services started in Congress two years ago. Now we’re seeing cuts and attacks that put women’s health at risk in states across the country — which is a preview of what Mitt Romney would do all across America.

These are basic economic issues for women and families, and supporting birth control is smart fiscal policy for the country.

For more information about Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Ask Mitt” campaign visit, http://www.ask-mitt.com.