By Kristan Hawkins, president, Students for Life of America. As the undercover Planned Parenthood videos keep coming out every week, it deepens my resolve to defund the abortion giant even more. How dare our nation fund this organization every single year with taxpayer dollars totaling over half a billion dollars? How dare our elected officials vote to give our hard-earned money over to Planned Parenthood when there are literally thousands of other federally-funded health centers that do exactly what Planned Parenthood does – except provide abortions? Last month, Students for Life of America and Pro-Life Future hosted #WomenBetrayed rallies in over 65 cities. The response was incredible and the media took notice – there were over 520 stories written in 34 states totaling more than $10 million in media coverage and damage to Planned Parenthood – so our message that Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded immediately and that they betray women, their supposed most cherished clientele, was heard loud and clear. Now it’s time for our elected officials to get the message. Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 18th), we are hosting a national #WomenBetrayed Speak Out Day. It’s time to tell your federal and state officials that they need to vote to defund Planned Parenthood this fall. We are also asking supporters to attend local Townhalls and ask your representatives why they are voting to fund Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars. Find your local Speak Out Day at www.womenbetrayed.com and get everything you need to lobby your elected officials, including:
- A #WomenBetrayed Action Kit, which includes talking points on how to talk to your elected official, sample letter to your representative and sample letters to the editor to send to your local newspapers. You can download it directly here: www.studentsforlife.org/files/2015/07/Women-Betrayed-Action-Kit-.pdf.
- A replay of the #WomenBetrayed Webcast, which trains you in how to lobby elected officials and participate in townhalls.
- A list of Townhalls across the nation (and sample questions to ask!). Remember, if you go to a Townhall meeting and get video of your question and answer time, send it to us immediately at [email protected].
- A list of Members of Congress who have received donations from Planned Parenthood.