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GLSEN and AFC on Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day
From press releases
2015-09-29

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From a GLSEN press release

NEW YORK ( September 29, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement in recognition of today's Pink Out Day, launched by Planned Parenthood Federation of America in response to recent efforts to discredit and defund the organization. Pink Out Day calls on those who support women's health to stand with Planned Parenthood via social media, by wearing pink and attending rallies.

"Today and every day, we stand as an ally to Planned Parenthood, an essential partner in ensuring the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) youth across the country. Planned Parenthood teaches comprehensive, LGBT-inclusive sex education that is otherwise unavailable in schools and offers much-needed LGBT-inclusive health care services. The organization has also helped create a network of committed and trained educators to share practices for supporting LGBT youth in schools. We join Planned Parenthood in its fight to keep its funding intact and encourage others to do the same."

In support of Pink Out Day, GLSEN is changing its Twitter profile picture in solidarity with the hashtag #StandwithPP .

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. www.glsen.org .

AIDS Foundation: How to support Planned Parenthood on Pink Out Day

From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release

The largest provider of reproductive health care services in the nation, Planned Parenthood, has endured relentless attacks in recent months. We stand beside Planned Parenthood today as an ally that provides vital health services to low-income people of all genders.

Not everyone believes in the importance of the work Planned Parenthood provides to hundreds of thousands of people each year. On Friday, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee proposed Reconciliation Instructions that called for defunding Planned Parenthood, endangering services that include breast and cervical cancer screenings, access to contraception and family planning, and HIV tests.

Stand with us and speak out against the defunding of these programs, which are vital to public health.

Here's how:

First:

Urge Illinois members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee to vote AGAINST the Reconciliation Instructions and end the threat of cuts to Planned Parenthood.

Members from Illinois include:

John Shimkus (R-IL)

Bobby Rush (D-IL)

Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get connected with your legislator and tell them:

As your constituent, I urge you to vote AGAINST the Reconciliation Instructions announced last Friday that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Its programs add to a strong public health system that ensures all individuals have access to the reproductive health care and preventive services they need.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Reconciliation Instructions contain measures to defund Planned Parenthood, and this is unacceptable. I urge you to vote against these proposed cuts and remove the controversial policy riders. We need to address the reproductive health and public health challenges our nation faces by supporting health care providers. Otherwise, we will lose the health improvements we've made over the years and instead bear higher health, economic and social costs in the long run.

Second:

Get on social media for national #PinkOut Day — today! — in support of Planned Parenthood. Below are some actions you can take online.

1. Pink Out your profile pic — Stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood and use Twibbon to make your profile pic go pink.

2. Tell your social network you #StandWithPP with these sample messages —

Do you love Planned Parenthood? Show you #StandWithPP and #PinkOut your profile pic today! ppact.io/changeprofilephoto .

Had enough of the outrageous attacks on Planned Parenthood? GO PINK. Join #PinkOut Day TODAY ppact.io/PinkOutEvents .

After months of relentless attacks on Planned Parenthood, it's time to FIGHT BACK. #StandWithPP on #PinkOut Day, TODAY ppact.io/PinkOutDayfb .

Join Planned Parenthood advocates nationwide for #PinkOut Day TODAY! Get your pink on and #StandWithPP . ppact.io/PinkOutDayfb .

Note: MoveOn rally at Warren Park, Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m.

Join MoveOn to stand with Planned Parenthood and show support for Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom. Wear pink!

RSVP at the link: moveon.org/event/events/event.html .


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