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Cecile Richards To Headline National Women’s March Event in Las Vegas 

Planned Parenthood Activists Will Participate in More Than 40 Women’s March Sister Events this Saturday

Washington, DC — One year after Donald Trump took office, and a historic number of people took to the streets to march in protest, Planned Parenthood supporters and activists are marking the anniversary of the Women’s March this Saturday by taking part in more than 40 sister marches across the country. President Cecile Richards will give a keynote speech at the national Women’s March event in Las Vegas, NV.  

Several reports called last year’s Women’s March the largest demonstration on record in the United States. Since Trump took office, many Americans have been scrambling to access health care, afraid of the restrictive policies the Trump-Pence administration would impose. The Trump-Pence administration and GOP leaders in Congress have taken actions to restrict women’s health and rights, including allowing employers to deny birth control coverage to employees; cutting teen pregnancy prevention programs; taking away protections for sexual assault survivors; and trying to block women from getting care at Planned Parenthood.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

The first thing the Trump-Pence administration took aim at was women’s health care access — and that sparked a movement. Women are changing the face of politics, and they are organizing all over the country, from New York City to Kenosha, WI. In the past year, women got elected in races that no one had ever imagined we could win, and women, particularly women of color, are determining the outcome of important elections. It’s indisputable that women are the most potent political force of 2018. And the politicians in the Trump-Pence administration and in Congress are just adding more fuel to the fire. More than 100 years ago, Planned Parenthood started because of this simple idea: Your body is your own, and if it’s not, you cannot be truly free or equal. Now is the time to unite, show our power, and fight for full equality.

Ahead of the Women’s March, Planned Parenthood organizations across the country will host voter registration trainings and participate in more than 40 sister marches around the country, including:

  • Albany, NY
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Augusta, ME
  • Austin, TX
  • Bangor, ME
  • Billings, MT
  • Columbia, MO
  • Denver, CO
  • Erie, PA
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Greenville, SC
  • Glen Falls, NY
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Lexington, KY
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Loup City, NE
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Mobile, AL
  • Naples, FL
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York City, NY
  • Newark, DE
  • Omaha, NE
  • Olympia, WA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Portland, ME
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Seneca Falls, NY
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Waco, TX
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Woodstock, NY

Planned Parenthood now has 11 million supporters, more than 1.5 million of whom have joined since Donald Trump took office. In 2018, Planned Parenthood is continuing to organize this growing volunteer army — with 100 community organizing meetings by the end of February, and launching 600 volunteer-led rapid-response action teams, at least one in every community with a health center. These volunteers and activists will continue to fight back against harmful bills in Congress, but will also push for proactive local policies through school boards, city councils, and state legislatures.

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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 voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

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