If you haven't been paying attention to the attacks on Planned Parenthood, now is the time. Because Planned Parenthood is in serious trouble.
The first major vote to defund Planned Parenthood is scheduled for tonight. And after two weeks of relentless smears, it's now being reported that Senator Joe Manchin—a Democrat who previously supported Planned Parenthood—has now switched sides and become the first Democrat to say he'll vote to completely defund Planned Parenthood.1
This is bad—very bad. Until now, it's been the same old conservative Republicans attacking Planned Parenthood. But if we start losing Democrats who used to be on the right side of this issue, then all bets are off. Will you chip in $3?
Two weeks ago, the idea that Planned Parenthood could get defunded was laughable. Now there's no question it could happen.
Today's vote is the latest and most serious step in what's shaping up as a months-long campaign to destroy Planned Parenthood. Even if we can stop the very worst defund Planned Parenthood bills in Congress, we're seeing former allies propose so-called "compromise" bills that would still impose damaging cuts.2 And we're seeing state-level efforts to attack or fully defund Planned Parenthood popping up all over the country.3
This isn't just a crisis for Planned Parenthood. It's an attack on the 2.7 million women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood each year for basic health care.4
Make no mistake: When a woman asks that fetal tissue be donated for medical research, Planned Parenthood is 100% right to honor those wishes. It's legal, it's ethical, and it's essential for finding life-saving cures for diseases like Parkinson's.
The good news is that Planned Parenthood's public support remains rock-solid. Millions of Americans trust Planned Parenthood based on firsthand experience, and 63% still oppose defunding Planned Parenthood.5
The key is to send a strong message to wavering senators and state legislators that they will be held accountable by the majority of voters who trust and support Planned Parenthood. We need to track these attacks over the coming months and push back against them as we've already begun doing—with phone calls, tweets, online ads, and more.
Will you chip in $3 to MoveOn's campaign to help defend Planned Parenthood?
Thanks for all you do.–Victoria, Stephen, Manny, Erica, and the rest of the team
1. "Dem senator backs defunding Planned Parenthood," The Hill, August 3, 2015
2. "Manchin and Collins Team Up for Alternative to Defunding Planned Parenthood," National Journal, July 30, 2015
3. "GOP states push Planned Parenthood probes," Politico, July 24, 2015
4. "Planned Parenthood at a glance," Planned Parenthood, accessed August 3, 2015
5. "Poll: 63 percent oppose defunding Planned Parenthood," The Hill, July 28, 2015
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