Jill Layton
Updated Mar 29, 2017 @ 4:56 pm
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You may have noticed that more people than usual are wearing pink today. It’s not because spring is upon us and they’re just feeling extra springy, or because it’s Wednesday and on Wednesdays we wear pink. People are wearing pink in support of Planned Parenthood, and they’re making a strong statement.

Today is officially Planned Parenthood’s “Pink Out Day.”

Wearing pink is an opportunity for supporters to stand in solidarity with the women’s health care organization and fight for women’s reproductive rights. The message women all across the U.S. are sending to their legislators is that they aren’t going to stand by as Planned Parenthood, aka affordable reproductive healthcare, is defunded.

The pink out is a response to the Republican health care bill, which includes a provision to temporarily stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood. And since, according to Planned Parenthood, the organization “provides sexual and reproductive health care, education, information, and outreach to nearly five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide in a single year,” this bill is obviously a huge problem.

As the largest reproductive health care provider in the U.S., Planned Parenthood doesn’t only offer abortions.

The organization helps prevent unwanted pregnancies through sex education and contraception, and provides screening for STIs, prenatal care, pap smears, and breast exams. The organization also has a research center, which focuses on family planning.

As you probably know, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill that attempted to replace Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood in the process, was defeated earlier this week. While this is a huge victory for millions of people, its failure doesn’t mean that the organization is safe for long. So days like Pink Out Day are incredibly important in continuing to make our voices heard.