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Last night, the Republican National Convention featured some of the most extreme crusaders against abortion, Planned Parenthood, and women’s health care: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker — and of course Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, who tried to redefine rape in order to ban abortion.
This comes after the party leadership made history earlier this week by attacking Planned Parenthood directly in its platform for the first time ever. Then, on Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that if elected, Donald Trump would sign a bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood.
Dawn Laguens, head of Planned Parenthood Votes, put it best last night:
“The Republicans have chosen the most anti-woman ticket in generations. Together, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have sworn to do everything they can to take away women’s basic right to safe, legal abortion. It’s essential that we stop them from being elected to the White House. They cannot be allowed to determine the health and well-being of women in this country.”
The four horsemen: And as a bonus, watch Dawn Laguens preview last night’s lineup on Bloomberg Politics’ Facebook Live, calling the lineup the “four horsemen of the anti-abortion apocalypse”:
Launch of Toxic Trump website: Planned Parenthood Votes launched “Toxic Trump,” a microsite targeting Donald Trump’s destructive, anti-women’s agenda to highlight how dangerous Donald Trump is for women and families in this country.
The Toxic Trump tumblr page showcases “TrumpFacts” that illustrate how Donald Trump’s agenda would be disastrous for the whole country — and especially for women, families, people of color, Muslims, and immigrants. The website will also include a "Party of Trump" section that ties Sen. Ron Johnson (WI), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH), Sen. Rob Portman (OH), Sen. Richard Burr (NC), Rep. Joe Heck (NV), and Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) to Donald Trump’s agenda in various ways.
Check out the website here
Planned Parenthood Votes Takes to the streets: Adorned in pink shirts and bags full of “Protect Yourself from Trump” condoms, PP Votes staff took to the streets of downtown Cleveland yesterday to make sure the RNC was staying safe. Lots of people took notice.
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