Millions of Supporters Fought Back Against Unprecedented Attacks Against Planned Parenthood 

Hundreds Rally in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles; 28 Sites Offered Free STD Testing; Volunteers Delivered Petitions With More than 2.4 Million Signatures in Support of Planned Parenthood to Capitol Hill; Massive Advertising Takeover of Political Media; Hundreds of Thousands Engaged Online


Washington, DC --- Planned Parenthood supporters turned the country pink yesterday as supporters in 90 cities across the country held nearly 300 events --- all to fight back against the unprecedented attacks against Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care.

Dubbed “National Pink Out Day,” volunteers, allies, and supporters wore pink, attended events, held press conferences, and gathered in masses to stand with Planned Parenthood in all 50 states. In Albuquerque, NM, Baltimore, MD, Boise, ID, St. Louis, MO,  and Raleigh, NC, over 100 volunteers and supporters attended rallies, and in Los Angeles,CA, New York City, NY, Portland, ME, and Philadelphia, PA, crowds swelled over 300.   And it wasn’t just rallies: other supporters celebrated Pink Out by hiking through Park City, UT, in Concord, NH supporters gathered at night to light up the state capitol and in Fairbanks, AK, volunteers braved the snow to show their support.

Additionally, 28 sites offered free STD testing, and more than 100 patient and supporters joined 21 members of Congress in Washington, DC, to deliver petitions with more than 2.4 million signatures asking Congress not to defund the reproductive health care nonprofit. Ads in support of Planned Parenthood also appeared across a number of political news sites, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico,  Mother Jones, and Daily Kos. The ads mirror the sentiment of Pink Out Day in their copy: "Birth Control, Cancer Screenings, Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood are worth fighting for."

Pink Out Day also saw hundreds of thousands of supporters fighting back on social media. All day, #PinkOut trended in the top 3 nationally and in the top 7 globally.  As of last night, over 280,000 people “pinked out” their Facebook and Twitter pages.  And the #PinkOutThunderclap reached over 7.8 million people.  

A diverse coalition of 373 organizations participated in Pink Out Day as well, including MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and People for the American Way --- helping to organize grassroots events across the country, gathering signatures on grassroots petitions in support of Planned Parenthood and against recent attacks on reproductive health.  

Roundup of Photos

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In Portland, ME, supporters held a SpeakOUT at Freedom Square where Mayor Michael Brennan, Clergy, and State Rep. Sara Gideon Spoke to a crowd of 350 supporters

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In Park City, UT, nearly 20 volunteers hiked in pink to show their support for Planned Parenthood and Pink Out Day

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Over 100 Supporters in New Hampshire light up the Capitol building in Concord

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi helps patients and volunteers deliver #StandwithPP petitions with more than 2.4million signatures to congressional leadership

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In Philadelphia, PA, patients told stories to a crowd of over 300 about how Planned Parenthood saved their lives

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In Fairbanks, AK, supporters brave the cold and snow to stand with Planned Parenthood

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Clergy and faith leaders hold Pink Out Day press conference to stand with Planned Parenthood

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Supporters gather in Washington, DC, to paint the nation’s capitol pink

More photos here:Pink Out Day Photos and MoveOn Flickr

 

Sampling of National Pink Out Day Clips

WJLA: Women from across America storm Capitol Hill to support Planned Parenthood

Newsweek: Planned Parenthood Draws Millions of Supporters in 90 Cities for National Pink Out Day

Salon: Planned Parenthood is under attack: Why the social media #PinkOut is too important to dismiss

Daily Dot: The Fight For The Future Of Planned Parenthood Hits The Streets Of NYC

Bustle: Celebrities Support Planned Parenthood & Pink Out Day With Powerful Tweets

Observer: ‘Congress Should Be Ashamed’: Planned Parenthood Rallies in Face of Budget Threats

Glamour: How Elizabeth Banks, America Ferrera, and Women Nationwide Said They #StandwithPP on National Pink Out Day

ThinkProgress: How Planned Parenthood Is Fighting Back This Week

Cosmo: 11 People Explain Why They Stand With Planned Parenthood on the First-Ever National Pink Out Day

E! News: Celebs Tweet Support for Planned Parenthood as Organization's President Tries to Undo Damage From Video

New York Magazine: The Assault on Planned Parenthood Is Getting Personal for Me

Observer: Planned Parenthood Wants You to ‘Pink Out’ Your Profile Picture in Support

Bustle: How To Change Your Facebook Photo For Pink Out Day And Stand With Planned Parenthood When They Need You Most

She Wired: Pink Out for Planned Parenthood

Women’s Health: Planned Parenthood Is Offering Free STD Screenings Today

Bustle: Twitter Responses to Planned Parenthood #PinkOut Day Show Solidarity In The Face Of Adversity

Natl Priorities: Pink Out For Planned Parenthood: Who Wants A Government Shutdown?

Elite Daily: The 7 Women We Need To Pay Homage To For National Pink Out Day

Arizona

Phoenix News Times: Arizona Planned Parenthood Supporters to Rally for National Pink Out Day

Arkansas

KTHV (AR): Rallies Amid Planned Parenthood Testimony

California

CBS Los Angeles: Planned Parenthood Supporters rally in Downtown LA amid Funding Debate

OB Rag (CA): Stand Up for Planned Parenthood on #PinkOutDay in San Diego

Florida

Orlando Weekly: Free STD testing at Planned Parenthood for national Pink Out Day

Naples Daily News (FL): Pink Out Event Sept. 29

Illinois

News Channel 20: Planned Parenthood Testifies Before House Oversight Committee

Idaho

KTVB (ID): Locals Demonstrate For, Against Planned Parenthood

Iowa

Siouxland News: Defending Planned Parenthood

Kansas

Wichita Eagle: Supporters of Planned Parenthood to rally in Old Town Square at noon

Kentucky

Louisville Kentucky Journal: Sannie Overly and Jenean Hampton debate

Louisiana

Daily Reveille (LA): “Pink Out Day” Advocates For Planned Parenthood

Maine

Portland Press Herald: Personal stories mark Portland rally to support Planned Parenthood

Bangor Daily News: Crowd Rallies for Planned Parenthood in Portland

Maine Public Radio: Hundreds Rally in Portland in Support of Planned Parenthood

Maine Sun Journal: Planned Parenthood Rally draws 350 to downtown Portland

WMTW: Hundreds turn out to support Planned Parenthood at Portland Rally

Maryland

Baltimore Sun: Lawmakers pressure Hogan on Planned Parenthood funding

Massachusetts

Harvard Crimson (MA): Cambridge Participates in ‘Pink Out Day’ for Planned Parenthood

Missouri

The Pitch: Planned Parenthood to hold “pink-out” rally on the Plaza tonight

WDAF (MO): Metro Supporters Join Nationwide Planned Parenthood Rally

New Hampshire

WMUR: Planned Parenthood supporters gather for national Pink Out Day

NECN: Planned Parenthood supporters gathering at State House

AP (NH): Supporters Of Planned Parenthood To Gather At NH Statehouse

New Jersey

Daily Targum (NJ): U. Pinks Out to Support Planned Parenthood

New Mexico

KFOX14: NMSU students host Planned Parenthood Rally

KOB: Planned Parenthood Supporters Rally at UNM

New York

Gotham (NYC): Planned Parenthood Supporters Rally To Stop Funding Cuts

News10 (NY): ‘Pink Out’ Rally Held In Albany In Support Of Planned Parenthood

North Carolina

WTVD (NC): Pink Out Rally Held In Raleigh To Support Planned Parenthood

WNCT (NC): Activists rally for Planned Parenthood’s National Pink Out Day

TWC News (NC): Ban Of Fetal Tissue Sale Bill Goes To Governor, Planned Parenthood Holds Rally

Ohio

WLWT: Planned Parenthood supporters rally at Mt. Auburn facility

WKRC: Planned Parenthood Pink-Out draws supporters, opponents

Oregon

Register Guard (OR): Eugene Abortion Rights Rally Calls For Planned Parenthood Funding In Presence Of Pro-Life Vigil

KEZI (OR): Planned Parenthood Supporters Rally In Eugene

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Inquirer: Planned Parenthood supporters rally outside local affiliate

CBS Philly: Rally Held in Support of Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia

South Carolina

Charleston Post Courier: Palmetto Sunrise: Planned Parenthood supporters to hold Statehouse rally

Greenville News (SC): Dual Planned Parenthood Rallies Held Downtown

Post & Courier (SC): Planned Parenthood Supporters To Hold Statehouse Rally

Tennessee

WBIR (TN): Planned Parenthood rally celebrates 'Pink Out Day'

Texas

KENS: Locals rally in support of Planned Parenthood

KPRC: Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside Houston offices

San Antonio Current: Planned Parenthood South Texas Offering Free STD Testing Today

Click2Houston (TX): Supporters Of Planned Parenthood Rally Outside Houston Offices

KHOU (TX): Local Supporters Back Planned Parenthood During D.C. Hearing

Utah

KUTV: Utah Planned Parenthood supporters join in "Pink Out" day

Vermont

My Champlain Valley (VT): Pink Out Day Rally Held In South Burlington To Support Planned Parenthood

Virginia

NBC 29: Supporters rally at Albemarle County Planned Parenthood

WINA (VA): Supporters Rally ‘Round Local Planned Parenthood