Planned Parenthood and its services have made many headlines throughout the past election season, with many conservatives pushing for a halt to its government funding. The organization has retaliated multiple times, and celebrated their Pink Out Day on Mar. 29.
Pink Out was put together by Planned Parenthood as an outlet for supporters to show their solidarity and dress in pink. Activists internationally took to social media to declare that they #StandWithPP.
Actress Charlize Theron tweeted, “I’m joining Planned Parenthood to #PinkOut the internet. I #StandWithPP and the 2.5 million who rely on them.”
Actress Elizabeth Banks wrote that she will “never stop fighting for […] health, rights, & communities.”
Other celebrities such as Lily Collins, Alan Cummings, Emily Ratajkowski, Anna Paquin, and Gabbby SidiBae expressed their support for the organization, decking out in pink and sharing their images on Twitter.
A celebration for Planned Parenthood was, in fact, in order. The vote to pass a new health care program, the American Health Care Act, was cancelled earlier this week. The bill would have replaced Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), defunding Planned Parenthood in the process, according to Bustle Magazine.
Planned Parenthood has been under tedious controversy lately, especially because of their abortion services for clients. Many House and Senate members see abortion as unlawful and have criticized the company for the acts. However, defenders of PP have shot back, referencing that the organization does more than perform abortions, and has helped millions gain access to contraceptives and education on safe sex.
Planned Parenthood stands as an organization serving more than 2.5 million men and women through over 650 locations each year. Their mission statement reflects that they believe in individual rights and promise to serve all, regardless of age, gender, marital status, income, etc., according to their website.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tweeted on her organization, that the group “has been part of the fabric of America for a century. [It’s] doors stay open.”
And open they will stay. Until a new bill is comprised and proposed, Planned Parenthood will remain functional.