Support for Planned Parenthood Demonstrated During #PinkOut Day
Wisconsin Loves Planned Parenthood for 80 Years
MADISON – In response to a torrent of unwarranted, politically motivated attacks directed toward Planned Parenthood and the care it provides, PPWI patients and supporters have responded throughout the past months with an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood. Today, the support for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin and across the country will culminate in a national ‘Pink Out’ day to send a clear message to those working to block essential health care access that women and men in America and Wisconsin stand with Planned Parenthood.
“Today is meant to highlight the support we have throughout the state and nation,” said Tanya Atkinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. “We have been overwhelmed with support from individuals who know and value Planned Parenthood. Today we are reflecting Wisconsin’s love for Planned Parenthood at our health centers and members of the community will demonstrate their support for Planned at local events, on social media and through grassroots actions to protect women’s access to essential health care.”
Each year Planned Parenthood serves more than 60,000 individuals in Wisconsin with breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual wellness exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, honest sex education, abortion and referrals for mammograms, cancer treatment and adoption. One in five women has trusted Planned Parenthood for her health care in her lifetime. After 80 years of service in Wisconsin, that level of trust and appreciation by our patients and their families is palpable. Hundreds of individuals have sent their thanks and shared their stories about the importance of PPWI in their lives. An increase in donations to PPWI has enabled a paid media campaign throughout Wisconsin to highlight the impact Planned Parenthood has had in the community.
“80 years of service to the community cannot be undone by the latest political attacks,” Atkinson continued. “Planned Parenthood will continue to be there for our patients – no matter what. As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we will work to ensure there is no doubt about what we do, who we serve and our ongoing commitment to our patients, to keep them safe, healthy and strong.”
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. PPAWI engages in legislative and educational activity and works to elect candidates to office that support these goals.
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“We won’t back down, we won’t be silenced, and we will stand in solidarity with our partners for protection of our rights, our safety and our health.”