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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].


Republicans promise Trump really would “defund” Planned Parenthood


On Tuesday, Republicans officially nominated Donald Trump and his anti-abortion extremist running mate Mike Pence for the presidential ticket. At the convention, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed exactly why we cannot afford to see Donald Trump elected president: because Donald Trump would block millions of patients from accessing basic health care at Planned Parenthood health centers.


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McConnell: Congress passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. President Obama vetoed it. Donald Trump would sign it.


Outside the convention ...


While the RNC was doubling down on threats to women’s health care inside the convention, volunteers from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio took to the streets to stand up for Planned Parenthood and their right to health care. Proudly wearing their pink shirts and waving their signs, they surrounded key landmarks like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame — and they were joined by supporters like former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich and even Republicans who think their party has gone too far by choosing Trump and Pence.  


“We’re tired of seeing basic health care come under attack,” said Ann Ruege, a volunteer from Columbus, OH. “That’s why we’re standing up here, taking action to protect access to Planned Parenthood. We’re fighting for access to abortion, but also preventing infant mortality, good sex education, and basic health care. I want to support my community any way I can, and I believe in standing up for those who can’t be here today.”


This action comes as access to health care at Planned Parenthood has come under repeated attack. Politicians in Ohio have passed at least 17 restrictions against women’s access to health care in the last five years alone. And across the country in statehouses, Congress, and even in the Republican Party platform, access to basic health care — cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control and more — has been under attack.


To see more photos of volunteers throughout Cleveland, follow the hashtag at #OHStandsWithPP.


What’s Happening Today


Planned Parenthood Votes will be on the streets of Cleveland all day Wednesday, handing out condoms to attendees of the Republican National Convention. The condoms declare “Protect Yourself From Trump” and include different facts about Donald Trump’s record.


To accompany Planned Parenthood Votes through the streets of Cleveland as they hand out condoms to attendees of the Republican National Convention, please contact [email protected]


Who: Planned Parenthood Votes

What: Handing out “Protect Yourself from Donald Trump” condoms to attendees of the RNC

When: Wednesday, July 20, from 11:00 AM ET - 3:00 PM ET

Where: Throughout Downtown Cleveland




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