PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES AT THE RNC: DAY ONE
For Immediate Release: July 19, 2016
We’re on the ground in Cleveland as the Republican National Convention unfolds. Want more info about what we’re up to? Email [email protected].
RNC Platform Targets Planned Parenthood:
Well that didn’t take long, did it? It only took Donald Trump’s Republican Party one day to make an unprecedented attack on Planned Parenthood health centers and the care they provide for millions of Americans every year. Yesterday, for the first time in history, the RNC attacked Planned Parenthood, by name directly, in their platform. The platform repeated false claims and accusations that have been repeatedly discredited.
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund said it best:
“It’s an attack on the millions of patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers each year for basic health care. It’s an attack on the brave doctors, clinicians, staff, and educators who have been facing down violent rhetoric and threats just to provide people with things like cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams. This attack in the party’s platform is unconscionable, and explains why Trump has a gender gap of historic proportions. Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do: trying to unite the party by making women and their access to health care a target.”
Note: To book Dawn Laguens for an interview or connect with Planned Parenthood Votes today please contact [email protected].
Volunteers take to the streets
While the Republican National Convention kicked off in Cleveland, a group of dedicated Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio volunteers took to the streets — marching in solidarity with other progressive activists and organizers in the End Poverty Now! March for Economic Justice to protest unfair economic policies that have threatened the well-being and health care of too many.
Lauren Lynch-Novakovic, Northeast Ohio Regional Field Manager from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio who attended the March said, "Access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers is so important. That's why we took to the streets today. No one's basic health care should be under attack. We're here to make sure everyone has access to basic care like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control, no matter who their employer is or how much money they make."
What’s Happening Today
Monday kicked off a week of action from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio volunteers who are protesting the attacks on access to reproductive health care happening in Ohio and across the country. Today, volunteers with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio are taking to the streets to protest attacks to care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Surrounding local landmarks like Browns Stadium and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, they will be decked in pink t-shirts, holding up signs, and voicing their opposition to the attacks on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care. To accompany volunteers,RSVP here, or follow along on the hashtag #OHStandsWithPP
For more information on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio's activities in Cleveland this week, please email [email protected].
What We’re Reading
HuffPo: Republican Platform Falsely Says Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts (Dawn Laguens)
NY Magazine: So Weird That Barely Anyone Showed Up to the Women for Trump Event at the RNC
U.S. News: Feminism at the GOP Convention
Politico: Donald Trump's Very White Convention
WP: The GOP’s Backwards-Looking Agenda (Editorial)
HuffPo: Misogyny Is A Big Seller Outside The Republican National Convention
WSJ: Melania Trump Speech Used Same Passages as Michelle Obama’s 2008 Address
NYT: The Most Extreme Republican Platform in Memory (Editorial)