EASTERN WASHINGTON – Planned Parenthood health centers across the nation have been subject to intensive protests as part of the “40 Days for Life” campaign. Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho’s (PPGWNI) health centers in Spokane, Kennewick, and Yakima have been targeted as part of this effort by anti-choice activists to intimidate clients and staff regarding the issue of abortion.
The Pledge-a-Protestor campaign encourages supporters of PPGWNI to “sponsor” protestors for the length of the event. Funds raised will be used to continue to bolster the mission of PPGWNI. “We stand for exceptional health care, honest education, and fearless advocacy,” said Anna Franks, CEO of PPGWNI. “We know the best way to prevent unintended pregnancies and lower the abortion rate is to make sure all people have access to information and basic family planning services. The campaign is a great way to energize our supporters and keep providing the highest-quality reproductive health care for which we’re known.”
Planned Parenthood’s health centers offer a wide variety of services including vasectomies, sports physicals, cancer screening, anemia testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy testing and options counseling. Over 96% of PPGWNI’s services are family planning-related. The affiliate expects to see nearly 40,000 clients at their nine health centers across central and eastern Washington this year.
So far, the Pledge-a-Protestor campaign has raised $15,209 dollars. The Pledge-a-Protestor campaign will continue through the end of the week. If you would like to make a donation, please call 866-904-7721.
PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pullman, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla and Yakima as well as express health centers in Cle Elum Colfax and Wapato. PPGWNI exists to assure that all people are empowered to make reproductive health choices and have access to the quality healthcare and sexuality education services required to exercise those choices. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit www.ppgwni.org for more information.