Power of Pink – Building a Movement

Power of Pink – Building a Movement

The Trump administration is conspiring to overturn Roe v. Wade and conservative legislators in Michigan are working to roll back reproductive rights and cut off access to essential health care. But we are not backing down. We’re ramping up. Last month 2,000 activists from across the nation (including more than 300 Michiganders!) joined us at the Power of Pink conference in Detroit to prepare for the fight ahead. Together, we will stop the Trump administration and their conservative allies in Michigan from stripping us of the rights our foremothers fought to win. As the former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, said at Power of Pink, “We stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us who chose the path of most resistance. It’s our chance to imagine the country we want to live in. And then build it.” That’s what Power of Pink was about– standing up, resisting and building a country that respects and upholds the dignity of all people. Planned Parenthood activists attended more than 40 breakout sessions and 14 pre-conference institutes covering topics such as grassroots organizing, youth organizing, Latinx organizing, engaging communities of color, patient advocacy, digital outreach and deep canvassing. The workshops were led by an accomplished and diverse range of presenters, 45% of whom were people of color, 50% were LGBTQ and more than 75% were women. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan’s workshop, “This is How We Do It – Organizing the PPAM Way,” was a success with more than 30 advocates from 8 states attending. Michigan’s organizing model will serve as inspiration for activism across the...
Listen to your Constituents – 71% Support Roe v. Wade

Listen to your Constituents – 71% Support Roe v. Wade

Anti-abortion activists have never been more out of touch with Americans than they are at this moment in time. A recent NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll found that 71 percent of American voters support Roe. v. Wade and do not believe it should be overturned. And while support for Roe was higher among Democrats, a majority of Republicans — 52 percent! — also support leaving Roe intact. The findings come as the Trump administration entertains changes to Title X that would make it harder for women to access safe, legal abortion services, and as the Senate prepares to vote on the president’s nomination of staunch anti-abortion judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. From NBC: A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal finds that 71 percent of American voters believe that the decision, which established a woman’s legal right to an abortion, should not be overturned. Just 23 percent say the ruling should be reversed. That’s the highest level of support for the decision — and the lowest share of voters who want Roe v. Wade overturned — in the poll’s history dating back to 2005. In 1989, according to Gallup’s survey, 58 percent said they believed it should stay in place while 31 percent disagreed. Since Roe was decided in 1973, two generations of American women have come of age knowing they had the legal right to make this personal decision for themselves, in consultation with their health care provider. One in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45, meaning the vast majority of Americans know, and love, someone who...
Tell your Senators: Reject Brett Kavanaugh

Tell your Senators: Reject Brett Kavanaugh

On July 9, President Trump announced that he would nominate conservative Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here’s what Planned Parenthood Federation of America had to say about the choice, and what it means for every single person who believes they should have control of their own bodies: “We oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and call on the Senate to do the same. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: with this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line. We already know how Brett Kavanaugh would rule on Roe v. Wade, because the president told us so. We take Trump at his word that Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade and get rid of the Affordable Care Act. The balance of the Supreme Court is at stake — we cannot allow it to be tilted against the constitutional right to access abortion. Generations of women, especially women of color, will be affected. And generations of people have grown up only knowing a country where they have the right to access safe, legal abortion. We cannot allow our children and grandchildren to have fewer rights than we do today.” We all know this is the biggest fight we’ve ever faced: the immediate impacts are stark. Michigan is one of dozens of states that still has an active abortion ban on the books; if Roe v. Wade is repealed, every single one of us will lose access to safe, legal abortion. That’s not a reality any of us are anxious to return to. And,...

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