Planned Parenthood supporters are wearing pink today—at least on their social media profiles.
As part of the heath care organization’s “Pink Out Day” on March 29, Planned Parenthood called on patients and supporters to change their social media avatars to pink and share the hashtag #PinkOut as a way to show they stand with the nonprofit.
Some participants shared stories of their own experiences with Planned Parenthood, showing that the organization provides heath care in a variety of ways aside from abortion (which the group alleges comprise only 3 percent of their services). Many respondents emphasized how Planned Parenthood assisted them when they didn’t have insurance or much of an income.
I wouldn't be able to #StandWithPP without PP saving my life in SF in 1979. I will forever support PP.— Jill Friedman (@jbfree) March 29, 2017
In my late teens & twenties, working a fulltime job w/o benefits, Planned Parenthood was the only healthcare I could afford. #StandWithPP— Patricia Khusro (@pkhusro) March 29, 2017
I #StandWithPP bc when I was 17 & a condom broke & I was super nervous even tho I took BC, I could easily get Plan B from PP— Sarah 🐲🕵🏻♀️🐉 (@SarahCantSmell) March 29, 2017
I #StandWithPP bc when i went in for my appmt crying they not only tested me, they pointed me in the direction of LGBT friendly counseling— goosie🥀 (@heyitsosman) March 29, 2017
I #StandWithPP because when I was raped they provided FREE rape counseling. was referred at the ER, so I had immediate counseling support.— Vane M🇩🇴🇺🇸 (@MsVane22) March 29, 2017
I #StandWithPP because I was able to receive needed healthcare when I was penniless and without insurance.— Dawn Rae (@DaTeflonDawn) March 29, 2017
I #StandWithPP because access to free birth control prevented me from an unplanned pregnancy and allowed my husband and I to finish college.— Ashley Forjet (@AForjet) March 29, 2017
I #StandWithPP because when i was 16 my father refused to allow me to see an OBGYN & they provided me w/ confidential affordable healthcare— mals🍍 (@m_r4pp) March 29, 2017
Politicians and public figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Little Miss Flint also joined the conversation, tweeted the hashtag with photos of their staff and a message of support to constituents who use Planned Parenthood services.
Celebrities too shared their support for “Pink Out Day,” and encouraged others to send the message.
Send a simple, clear message by changing your profile picture: I Stand With Planned Parenthood — don't take my care: https://t.co/8RrhZsu150— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 29, 2017
It’s clear millions of women and men depend on the organization for low-cost, professional health care, which is why Planned Parenthood is so vital—particularly when the federal government isn’t so committed to paying for these services itself.