Success: Defunding of Planned Parenthood Blocked

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Target: Senate Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid

Goal: Applaud defunding of Planned Parenthood being blocked.

Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Block Defunding of Planned Parenthood, the Senate struck down a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the bill before it had moved on to the Senate, causing public outrage as activists called it an attack on women’s rights.

Many feared we would go back to the time of dangerous, illegal abortions, but with this bill blocked we won’t have to worry about that any time soon. The already hot topic became even more controversial after an anti-abortion group released highly edited and misinforming videos claiming Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. Planned Parenthood was investigated and not found to be doing anything illegal.

These attacks on women’s rights are an attempt to distract from other issues in our country, and women should not have to suffer because of it. Planned Parenthood provides vital services to women and men across the country who may not have access to other forms of medical care, making it an essential part of public health. Let us applaud the continued funding of Planned Parenthood and the blocking of this unjust bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Reid,

Thank you for rallying other senators in order to block the bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The attacks on Planned Parenthood are unfounded and unfair, and in turn they attack women’s rights. Millions of people have used Planned Parenthood’s basic health services, and it is a fundamental part of reproductive health in our country.

People depend on Planned Parenthood when they may not have other health options. Planned Parenthood should not be defunded, and in the larger spectrum of things this should not even be an issue. I applaud the continued funding of Planned Parenthood and the blocking of this unjust bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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