Hello Dear Disruptors,
A lot of fun things happened this past week. The U.S. Congressional House’s decision on Friday to stop funding Planned Parenthood for a year was not one of them. That funding enables approximately 2.7 million people to access free and affordable healthcare, enabling both women and men in low-income areas to control their reproductive health, as well as providing other needed healthcare services. Infuriatingly, the move to deprive these people of access to these services was grounded in a slew of inaccuracies, and the claim that low-income individuals can readily access these services elsewhere is simply not the case.
That brings us to this week’s Promote a Petition. Except instead of just a petition, we’re calling on our community of disruptors to step up to the plate and promote Planned Parenthood in whatever way we can. This issue — all people’s right to reproductive healthcare regardless of gender or income — is at the heart of intersectional feminism. It gives women and people with gestational anatomy the rights to their own bodies, provides healthcare to people who cannot afford it, and promotes upward mobility by preventing girls, women, and people with gestational anatomy from having to choose between parenthood and their education / financial stability. Further, it helps prevent survivors of sexual assault from having to deal with further trauma as a result of the violence that they have already experienced.
Even though each of us individually may feel that our efforts don’t matter, when we band together, they most assuredly do.