Calls on Supporters to #Riot4Repro; Announces Limited Edition, Exclusive T-Shirt
New York, NY -- Planned Parenthood is excited to once again team up with one of America’s most celebrated bands, Sleater-Kinney, this time on their No Cities to Love tour launching February 8 in Spokane, WA.
“We are very excited to partner with Planned Parenthood for our national tour. We love this organization, which has provided reproductive health care for women for nearly 100 years. We hope to help provide information and access to Planned Parenthood to a whole new generation of Sleater-Kinney fans,” said the band.
Planned Parenthood volunteers will be at all 15 shows throughout the month of February, handing out free condoms, urging supporters to get involved with local Planned Parenthood organizations, and asking concertgoers to take the My Health, My Life, No Matter What pledge, which calls on legislators to stop interfering in women’s health care decisions.
“For Planned Parenthood, Sleater-Kinney has always been about so much more than just the music. Sleater-Kinney has been one of the most empowering voices for women’s health and rights in music in recent years,” said Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with people across the country who want to join us in the movement to ensure all women -- no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they have -- can make the health care decisions that are right for their lives.”
Supporters nationwide are encouraged to join the #Riot4Repro dialogue on social media. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is also selling a limited-time-only, exclusive T-shirt that sends a powerful message about the importance of not interfering in a woman’s personal health care decisions. The front of the T-shirt — designed by Molly Schiot, a Los Angeles-based director and artist, a friend to Sleater-Kinney, and most importantly a huge supporter of Planned Parenthood — says, “Sleater Kinney Loves Planned Parenthood.” The back says, “My Health, My Life. Not Yours! #Riot4Repro.” The money Planned Parenthood makes from the sale of their shirts will be put toward delivering health care and accurate health information and fighting to ensure all people can access quality, affordable health care.
In the 15 years since Planned Parenthood went on the road with Sleater-Kinney for the All Hands on the Bad One tour in 2000, some important gains have been made in sexual and reproductive health care. Teen pregnancies in the U.S. have steadily decreased, public support for medical decisions to be left to women and their doctors has been consistently high among voters, and in the first full year of the birth control benefit under the Affordable Care Act, women saved $483 million in out-of-pocket health care costs on birth control pills alone.
But while the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is declining, it is still higher here than in other developed nations, states are enacting a record-breaking list of dangerous restrictions on a woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion, and during the first two weeks of this new Congress, 14 pieces of hostile, anti-women’s health legislation have been introduced -- one for each day that Congress was in session.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
February 04, 2015