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PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDERS FEATURED IN NEW HULU ORIGINAL SERIES, “IMPACT X NIGHTLINE.” Yesterday, ABC Nightline launched its new Hulu original series IMPACT X Nightline with a debut episode focused on abortion access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The premiere episode, “AFTERMATH: The Dobbs Effect,” documents the partnership between Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Nightline crews followed PPWI staff on their journey across state lines to Illinois, where they help provide abortion care every month at PPIL’s Waukegan health center, which has become a critical access point for Wisconsinites since an 1849 ban has forced Wisconsin providers to suspend abortion services in the state.
“I have met with thousands and thousands of patients in my career and nobody has ever expected to have an abortion,” PPWI Associate Medical Director Dr. Allie Linton told Nightline. “It’s not something that you plan for. It’s something that happens. It’s intense to work here but I think because of that our bonds are very deep. I'm not going anywhere. This is my family. This is my home. And we have a lot of work to do.”
The episode also features powerful interviews with people who have had abortions from across the country, including celebrity advocates like Jameela Jamil and Busy Philipps. Activists from the reproductive rights movement like Olivia Julianna in Texas also speak about the impact of the overturn of Roe.
SEN. MARK KELLY STANDS UP FOR ARIZONANS’ ABORTION RIGHTS AT SENATE DEBATE, SETS THE STAGE FOR NORTH CAROLINA AND WISCONSIN TONIGHT:
On last night’s debate stage, Sen. Mark Kelly proudly championed his record advocating for the health, freedoms, and safety of Arizonans. Masters, on the other hand, unsurprisingly lied about his extreme views on abortion and was evasive when asked about infamously scrubbing his website.
Statement from Kelley Dupps, spokesperson, Planned Parenthood Votes in Arizona:
“Blake Masters has continued to show that he is out of touch with Arizonans and a grave threat to health, rights, and safety. That is not what Arizonans need. We need a proven leader in the Senate who we can trust to defend the reproductive freedom of Arizonans — not another anti-abortion rights zealot who attempts to rewrite history and gaslight voters in an effort to hide his extremist agenda. Reproductive rights is on the ballot and this November, voters will re-elect Sen. Mark Kelly to protect access to safe, legal abortion.”
Tonight in North Carolina, we will see reproductive health champion and U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley take on Ted Budd, an anti-abortion extremist who co-sponsored a nationwide abortion ban, for the first time on the debate stage. And in tonight’s Wisconsin Senate debate, Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes will face off against anti-abortion rights SenatorRon Johnson. You can watch the NC debate live on Spectrum News 1, or by using the “watch live” feature on www.spectrumlocalnews.com or the Spectrum News app. You can watch the Wisconsin debate on CSPAN. Both debates take place at 8pm ET.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION PAC NORTH CAROLINA ANNOUNCE HISTORIC $5 MILLION 2022 MIDTERM ELECTORAL PROGRAM:
With 31 days until the 2022 midterm election and absentee voting already underway, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations in North Carolina announced a historic $5 million electoral program to support reproductive health and rights champions up and down the ballot in the Tar Heel State. The investment will be strategically used to protect abortion access in the state by electing Cheri Beasley to the U.S. Senate, defending two North Carolina Supreme Court seats, and protecting Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power by preventing an anti-abortion rights supermajority in the General Assembly, with a special focus on five state senate districts.
The state program will reach over 340,000 North Carolinians in 14 target legislative districts through canvassing, phone banking, mailing, paid advertisements, and radio.
“Reproductive freedom is on the ballot in North Carolina, and the leaders we elect will play a critical role in determining our ability to control our own bodies and access life-saving health care throughout the entire southeast region,” said Emily Thompson, deputy director of Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina. “Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are working nonstop to ensure North Carolinians know which candidates have committed to protecting their rights and which want to roll back the clock.”
Read more from the Associated Press.
NASHVILLE COUNCIL APPROVES $500K GRANT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Yesterday, the Nashville Council approved a $500,000 grant to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi through Title X to provide free birth control and comprehensive sex education to residents of Davidson County.
“The Metro Nashville Council gets it: The Dobbs decision created a public health emergency, especially in Tennessee, where extremists have banned abortion without exception,” said PPTNM President and CEO Ashley Coffield. “We were approached by council leaders who wanted to make a positive impact, and we provided recommendations to city leaders based on our expertise in preventing unplanned pregnancies.”