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A Statement from Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Regarding the Women’s March

After the 2016 presidential election, millions of people came together around the country in historic marches against gender inequality, divisiveness, and hate in all its forms. They marched for equity, for inclusion, for progress, and for justice.

As a leading women’s health provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is committed to building a world where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights, where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are or where you live, and where every person has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. This is our vision, and it is what inspires our continued participation in the building of a diverse, intersectional movement that cultivates meaningful change throughout our region, for all people.

We unequivocally reaffirm that there is no place for, and no ethical defense of, hatred or bigotry of any kind in that movement or this country—not anti-Semitism, not homophobia, not transphobia.

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest stands with the values, energy, and urgency that united 4.5 million people after the election.

This movement is not the work of one person, one leader, or one organization. The Women’s March represents the hopes of millions of Americans who were mobilized by the election of Donald Trump, as well as the momentum we have created since that moment. In the spirit of unity and equity, and in celebration of the advances we have made since 2016, we are proud to once again take to the streets and lift up the voices of those who have not been heard. 

The Women’s Marches throughout our service region, including those in San Diego, Coachella, Riverside, and North County San Diego, are local, volunteer-driven movements separate and independent from the national Women’s March Inc. These local marches do not share leadership, structure, or funding with the national organization.

We stand with the Women's March Unity Principles of social and environmental justice, and we will continue to hold ourselves and each other accountable to those principles, and further cement our commitment to equity.

Now more than ever, our diverse community must come together to support the rights of all people. We hope you will join us on January 19th, but we also recognize that there are many channels through which to support the women’s movement and its values. We thank you for what you do to protect and advance this movement.