We marched. We rallied. We stood up for our rights – but If you’re like us, you’re wondering what can be done to continue to support Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights in this political climate. In response to this question, we’ve put together a list of seven effective ways you can continue to support Planned Parenthood!
1 – Donate to Planned Parenthood Directly
There are two avenues to explore when it comes to donating money to Planned Parenthood – you can donate to Planned Parenthood Federation of America which is responsible for fighting to protect reproductive rights and ensure access to quality, affordable care on a federal level, or you can donate to your local Planned Parenthood which directly supports health center and educational services, as well as advocacy efforts in your city. (P.S – Depending on your budget, you can, of course, donate to both!!)
2 – Volunteer at Planned Parenthood
When it comes to giving back and supporting Planned Parenthood, one of the most valuable things you can give is your time. Whether its escorting patients to and from their cars to ensure they are not harassed, or donating your graphic design talents to a good cause; there are no shortage of ways your valuable time will be put to good use! Check out some of the latest volunteer opportunities across the country, here!
3 – Get Social!
Another super impactful way to support Planned Parenthood is to gain traction within your own social network, and engage with other supporters nationally through social media! By using hashtags like #WeWontGoBack and #IStandWithPP, you show your support for the cause, and encourage your friends to join in as well.
By sharing your Planned Parenthood story publicly (whether that was a normal breast exam, a time when you needed birth control, or however else Planned Parenthood has personally helped you) you are helping to normalize the care they give and destigmatize the work they do every day. If you haven’t already, you can also follow Planned Parenthood on their social media accounts!
4 – Shop at Vibrant
Shopping at www.bevibrant.com is a way to do good while feeling good! Vibrant is Inspired and Backed by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, a branch that serves Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Vibrant sells non-toxic sex toys and was launched by former Planned Parenthood staff with the sole mission of financially supporting Planned Parenthood. As Vicki Cowart, the President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said:
“As a sexual health care and education provider, we want to spread the word that pleasure is a fundamental component to healthy sexuality. To me, this is simply a continuation of the Planned Parenthood mission and I’m thrilled to have Vibrant leading the way.”
5 – Stay Informed and Be Outspoken
Staying informed is possibly the most important thing you can do to continue to support Planned Parenthood. The easiest way to do this is to get information straight from the source by signing up for Planned Parenthood email alerts! By signing up for their emails, you will receive all the resources and tools you need to stay informed and get involved with upcoming campaigns that protect your rights. However, being informed is just the beginning. Once you have all the information you need, don’t be quiet about it! Share this information with friends and family to help the movement and correct people when you hear them sharing false information!
6 – Schedule a Health Care Appointment at Planned Parenthood
Whether you need a pregnancy test, birth control, a breast exam, STD testing, or even a physical exam – getting your normal health care needs from Planned Parenthood is an extremely important way to show your support. Not only are you getting quality medical care, but you are supporting your local health centers!
7 – Write, Email, or Call Your Elected Officials
By contacting your elected officials you are showing them that you are a part of the overwhelming majority that is going to stand up for basic human rights! With the threat to defund Planned Parenthood, it is more important now than ever before to really get involved with politics and let your voice be heard! Not sure how to get ahold of your officials or what to say? Planned Parenthood has made is easy! Simply fill out your information on this page and they will connect you to your local U.S Senator – PLUS they even have a script if you need help with what to say!