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Hempstead, NY – Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed that he's fast-tracking legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and "defund" Planned Parenthood. If Ryan, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the anti-women’s health ideologues in charge of Congress get their way, the consequences would be devastating: nearly early 30 million people will lose their health insurance, and 2.5 million Planned Parenthood patients a year will no longer have access to the sexual and reproductive health care they rely on.


This Sunday, across the country, people will be standing up and fighting back at over 34 rallies opposing the repeal of the ACA and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. In Nassau County, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County will be joining the NY rally with congress members Kathleen Rice and Tom Suozzi as well as local advocates to make the message loud and clear. The rally – entitled, Our First Stand - will take place Sunday, January 15 at 12:30 PM at the Yes We Can Center in Westbury and is open to all.


“For many women – across the country and right here in Nassau County - not being able to get care at a Planned Parenthood health center means that they won’t receive care at all. It’s time to stop these devastating political attacks and Planned Parenthood will leave no stone unturned to fight back for our patients,” said PPNC President & CEO JoAnn Smith.


“Sunday’s rally is one of many events and opportunities during this month for people to stand with Planned Parenthood. We hope people will join us, use their voices and stand up for the health care and rights of millions of Americans.”


For those wishing to stand with PPNC, below is a list of all of the different activities and events that PPNC is hosting and participating in during the month of January, as well as digital ways to get involved. RSVP links are included in each event description.

Digital Activism:

Join the Planned Parenthood Action Network – Click here!

Join the Planned Parenthood Action Network and respond to the emails, actions and petitions from PPFA President Cecile Richards and PPNC President and CEO JoAnn Smith to help delay the defunding of Planned Parenthood, defend Planned Parenthood in the public eye, litigate against any bills and actions brought to defund us and mitigate any repercussions of defunding. 

Support the #IStandWithPP social media campaign

-Follow PPNC’s social media pages below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlannedParenthoodNassauCountyAction/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ppncaction/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ppncaction


-Post on your social media platforms why you stand with PP, use the hashtag #IStandWithPP and tag PPNC!

Events and Opportunities:


ACA Anti-Repeal Rally 
January 15th: Yes We Can Center in Westbury,12:30pm
Rally with us against the repeal of Obamacare and the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
The rally will be led by Congress members Kathleen Rice and Tom Suozzi!
RSVP here: bit.ly/PPNCVols 

PPNC January Volunteer Night/Action Forum
January 17th: PPNC 540 Fulton Ave, 6pm-8pm 
A deep dive into our 2017 legislative/policy work. Come discuss our state and national legislative fights, and let us know your priorities. The perfect precursor to the January 30th Lobby Day.
RSVP here: bit.ly/2017ActionForum

Long Island Progressive Network Unity Rally
January 19th: Time and location TBD 
Rally against bigotry before the inauguration with progressive organizations across Long Island.
RSVP here: bit.ly/PPNCVols 

Women's March on NYC
January 21st: Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza 833 1st Ave, 11am-4pm 
March with PPNC in the New York City Women’s March in New York City.
Transportation not provided. 
RSVP here: bit.ly/PPNCVols 

I Stand With Planned Parenthood
January 23rd: Thyme Restaurant Roslyn, 1pm-10pm 
Join PPNC for community building and activism. Come for 5 minutes or stay for 5 hours!
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Stand-with-PP 


ADVOCATE WITH US: Annual New York Day of Action
January 30th: All Day
A full day of educating our state legislators in Albany with over 1,500 sexual and reproductive health advocates from across the state. Free bus transportation from Roslyn at 6:30am (details provided upon registration). Register here: www.bit.ly/FPA-DayOfAction