An outpouring of support in the Granite State for Planned Parenthood health services.
CONCORD, NH—More than five thousand gathered in Concord today to show their support for women’s health at the New Hampshire Women’s Day of Action and Unity. The rally was a solidarity event with the Women’s March on Washington DC. Those in attendance stood together to listen to speakers and to support the progress made for human rights, workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, economic justice, environmental justice, racial justice, and reproductive justice. Rally goers were eager to voice their support for women’s health, equity, and justice in an era of uncertainty for Planned Parenthood and abortion access.
After the rally, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund hosted an activist organizing session which had over 150 participants gaining resources and tools to bring back to their local communities.
Statement from Kayla Montgomery, Director of Advocacy and Organizing for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund:
“It’s inspiring to see so many New Hampshire women and Planned Parenthood Action Fund members out today to rally for our collective rights- like women’s health and access to safe and legal abortion. Today was a moment to come together to protect and advance the progress we’ve made. We are honored to be a part of today’s rally, because we know that New Hampshire has strong bipartisan tradition of supporting women’s health, and we refuse to let our rights be rolled back.”
Statement from Ilyssa Sherman, speaker at rally:
“If Planned Parenthood is defunded, millions of women like me will lose access to this critical provider. We can’t let this happen. We need to step up, speak out, and act now to save our health care. Because I have a preexisting condition, if the Affordable Care Act is repealed I may be blocked from health insurance policies in the future.”
Today’s rally marked one event to coincide with the #IStandWithPlannedParenthood national grassroots campaign, which includes 300 events in 47 states across the country. Speaker Ryan recently pledged to defund Planned Parenthood health services – a measure that would leave thousands of Granite Staters without care. The measure would prohibit the health care provider from receiving reimbursement for services, like cancer screenings and birth control, provided to patients insured by federal programs like Medicaid and Medicare. In effect, this blocks patients from accessing reproductive health care. Federal insurance programs do not cover abortion.
PPNHAF also plans to host three open mic “story slams” in coffee shops in Manchester, Portsmouth and Keene where women, men, and families can share the important role Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care access has played in their lives. The events will take place on January 26th and 27th at Book & Bar in Portsmouth on Thursday January 26th from 7-9pm, Brewbakers in Keene on Friday January 27th from 6-8pm and Studio 550 in Manchester on Friday January 27th from 7-9pm.
Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.