When the news broke Friday night, I told myself to just breathe. And that’s what I did as I processed my grief at the loss of one of my personal SHEroes, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Justice Ginsburg carried the weight of the unheard and overlooked, including Black and Brown people, people with low incomes, and women. She helped to ease the burden for those who are already forced to navigate discriminatory systems. RBG fought hard for equality, health care for all, and LGBTQ and reproductive rights.
We uphold her legacy by working to ensure that anyone can access safe, legal abortion. In fact, we are stepping up to meet the needs of our patients like never before. Since this pandemic hit our community, we’ve increased access to abortion. Thanks to you, we’ve trained more staff to provide abortions at more health centers across a wider gestational window.
Our patients have been hardest hit by this pandemic--some have lost their jobs, insurance, childcare, or reliable means of transportation. They are making important decisions about their health and their futures, amidst exceptionally difficult circumstances. And our doors remain open to them, thanks to you.
In RBG's honor, we held our fourth Conversation From your Couch, All About Abortion: Our Commitment to Care. Our panelists discussed how essential it is that people have access to safe, legal, and compassionate abortion care through Planned Parenthood.
PPPSGV patients rely on us for abortion and other critical healthcare; as restrictive abortion bans and pandemics sweep the nation, our patients are traveling over 900 miles across state lines to have their abortions in our health centers. And we will continue to be there for them, no matter what.
In RBG's honor, our amazing medical staff are showing up to provide the compassionate care our patients need. We will continue to fight for her legacy, and thank you for standing with us in that fight.