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PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND PRESIDENT ALEXIS MCGILL JOHNSON JOINS JOHN FETTERMAN FOR ABORTION RIGHTS RALLY: Yesterday, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson and Dayle Steinberg, a member of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and PAC’s Board of Directors, joined John Fetterman and thousands of supporters in the Keystone State, calling for Pennsylvianians to elect him to the U.S. Senate and take action in support of abortion rights.
During the rally, they highlighted exactly what is at stake in this Senate race, calling attention to Mehmet Oz’s extreme views on abortion.
"Despite the oath he took as a doctor to do no harm, Dr. Oz wants to let extremists criminalize abortion with no exceptions, jeopardizing the lives of millions of women and pregnant people and criminalizing providers," said Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Ahead of the rally, Alexis joined MSNBC to discuss why this election matters so much, and why voting matters so much:
Click above or here to watch the conversation.
TODAY AT 5PM EST: VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS TO HOLD ROUNDTABLE WITH NATIONAL CIVIL & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS LEADERS. The nation’s top civil rights and reproductive health, rights and justice leaders will meet with Vice President Kamala Harris today at 5 p.m. EST to discuss the importance of protecting reproductive rights and freedoms. This roundtable stems from a letter sent from the coalition to President Biden in July urging his administration to prioritize the protection of women’s health and reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as well as using all resources available to protect voters and election workers during this upcoming election season.
Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will join leaders of the National Urban League, Center for Reproductive Rights, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Legal Defense Fund (LDF), NAACP, National Action Network, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable, National Council for Negro Women, Inc., National Partnership for Women & Families, National Women’s Law Center, NARAL-Pro Choice America, Power Rising, SisterSong, Urban League Young Professionals, and URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity.
You can watch the opening of the roundtable via the White House’s live stream here.
WHY GOP MIDTERM CANDIDATES ARE NOW HIDING THEIR EXTREME ABORTION VIEWS: In a new explainer video for NowThis, Jenny Lawson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes calls out Republican midterm candidates for not being truthful about their stance on abortion, including Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, and Gubenatorial candidates Scott Jensen (Minnesota) and Christine Drazan (Oregon).
Lawson explained why it is so important to call these candidates out on their desperate attempts to rewrite history:
“The fact that they’re backtracking is one of the clearest signs of how much the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade is scrambling the political landscape and energizing voters to turn out at higher-than-expected rates…Let me be clear. [These GOP nominees] are not regretting their stance. They’re regretting that they made a public stance and that they are saying these things out loud and voters are responding poorly."
You can watch the video here.