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I just got a phone call from my local @PPact asking if I'd be willing to tell my story on social media & in a public speaking campaign.
I have been a PP supporter my entire adult life. They were there for me throughout the yrs when I needed them b/c I didn't have insurance.
I can't even count the hours I've dedicated to volunteering, interning, working for Planned Parenthood. I knocked on doors in support of...
the ACA as a means of expanding access to reproductive healthcare & women's reproductive freedoms. I called in support of candidates who...
would support PP & women's repro choices. I walked this red state carrying a PP-issued pink tear gas canister, 'til I damaged my Achilles...
tendon. I donated. I fund-raised. I spoke publicly to religious organizations about access to healthcare, because I believe it's a right.
I was proud of that work & I still support the work done at PP clinics. But I told the kind-hearted volunteer on the phone that I cannot...
support PP's political efforts after their recent political decisions which run contrary to their stated mission. plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-w…
He asked me to elaborate, so I told him two things he didn't already know. I told him about PP's decision to back Clinton over Sanders...
in 2016 despite Sanders' better record supporting women's unfettered access to abortion at any stage in their pregnancy.
Clinton was on record saying she would place limits on women's rights to obtain a late term abortion. motherjones.com/politics/2016/…
I also told him PP leaders recently wrote public letters opposing #SinglePayer initiatives in #CA & #CO. progressivearmy.com/2017/06/25/pla…
He wasn't familiar w/either state initiative. He asked me for the legislative numbers & I gave him the details of the letters referenced...
in @SubvertingPower's article for the @ProgressiveArmy, above. Again, he sounded shocked & confused. The volunteer told me he understood...
my moral dilemma. I told him that they still had permission to use the story I'd submitted years ago. But that I would no longer campaign...
on behalf of @PPact because I believe the political decisions taken by @CecileRichards are in direct conflict with PP's stated mission.
He said he'd taken thorough notes & would discuss my concerns w/his boss. It was a nice gesture but I doubt my opinion will make a dent...
in PP's policies which put their jobs & clinics before its mission to provide broad access to repro health & freedoms. It should be PP's...
goal to work themselves out of a necessity. The volunteer asked me what they could do to win back my support. I told him, 2 things:
ONE: Start endorsing politicians on basis of their record of support for women's unfettered reproductive freedoms, rather than their sex.
TWO: Throw as much financial & organizing support behind #UniversalHealthcare on state & federal levels as they put behind the ACA.
I'm not talking about neoliberal lip-service. I mean paid canvassers & phone bankers. Raising $ & lobbying for #MedicareForAll at...
state & federal levels. Partnering w/state & fed orgs to write legislation ensuring Americans can access repro health & exercise their...
reproductive freedom at any medical facility in the country. Work yourselves out of a job. That's what it will take to win back my support.
When #UniversalHealthcare passes, PP employees can work at any clinic in the nation. It's a win-win proposition. #SinglePayerSunday
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