On March 8th, all across the world, we celebrated International Women's Day. Building on this momentum and in the wake of the GOP's introduction of the Obamacare repeal bill - which seeks to defund Planned Parenthood by preventing Medicaid reimbursements - it is more important than ever that we continue to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. The new healthcare plan cuts off 2.5 million women from receiving the care they need and deserve, and is particularly damaging to women in low-income, minority communities. Below, you will find many easy steps you can take to let Congress know that you, along with the majority of Americans, believe that the services PP provides are both extensive and essential.
1. Call Speaker Ryan
Using the number 608-433-0522, call Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to make your voice heard. You can use the script below, taken from Planned Parenthood’s official website.
Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in _____________.
I'm calling to ask Speaker Ryan NOT to hold a vote on any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
We see through your blatantly political attempt to do whatever it takes to attack women's health and rights and take health care away from the people who need it most. If Congress cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, millions of people will be left without access to birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other basic care. Many of them will have nowhere else to go for the health care they need.
I'm counting on Speaker Ryan to do the right thing and stand up for the Planned Parenthood patients in our community and across the country who rely on those health centers.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because [insert your own story, if you like].
I expect Speaker Ryan to stop any attacks on Planned Parenthood and the vital health services they provide.
Thank you for your time.
2. Attend an event
Click below to locate an event near you:
3. Volunteer at a Planned Parenthood health center
Click below to see how you can help out:
4. Join the avalanche
On Inauguration Day, Coalition Z hosted a Day of Action to provide our members with productive outlets to effect change. One of our events included a postcard avalanche directed at Speaker Ryan in support of Planned Parenthood. With the recent attacks on PP, we are launching a second wave. Participate digitally!
FACEBOOK (combined image/txt versions attached)
1) Download our Protest Postcard (as a pdf letter)
2) Sign your name
3) Mail it to Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday, January 21 (address at the bottom of pdf).
4) Share our Protest Postcard with a friend and encourage them to join our Avalanche
TWITTER (resized images attached)
Opposing women’s reproductive rights is outdated & out of sync w/America. @SpeakerRyan Don't defund @PPFA & block patients from care. #IStandwithPP #WeWontGoBack
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5. Change your profile picture
Use the below link to add a filter to your Facebook profile picture to show your friends you #StandwithPP
6. Join the Planned Parenthood Mobile Action Network
Text “STAND” to 22422 to receive updates.
When you're done, fill out our survey so that we can keep track of the action that's been accomplished!
Alex, Bryson, and Zoe