Women Rule the Night at the Democratic National Convention
Last night, the Democratic National Convention was chock-full of women’s health champions. From Planned Parenthood patient Libby Bruce to women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke, and of course, our own Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, it was quite a night for women! We couldn’t have been more proud than when Cecile took the stage and said, “As women, we’ve come too far to turn back. And we won’t.”
Here are just a few of the great things we heard from last night’s lineup of speakers….
Patient Libby Bruce discusses her experience and the importance of Planned Parenthood:
“Finally I went to Planned Parenthood. They listened to me as no one else had. They answered my questions. A caring nurse practitioner told me she thought I had endometriosis. She connected me with an excellent, respectful surgeon who removed the excess endometrial growth in my pelvis.
Finally I got better. Twelve years later, I am still grateful for the excellent, affordable, respectful care I received from Planned Parenthood. I am especially grateful because endometriosis is a leading cause of infertility. Without Planned Parenthood, my pain would have continued, and I might not have my daughter today.”
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President, spoke about why she’s standing with President Obama and why you should too:
“We’ve come so far. So why are we having to fight – in 2012! – against politicians who want to end access to birth control? It’s like we woke up in a bad episode of Mad Men.
Because when Mitt Romney says he’ll ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood, and turn the clock back on a century of progress, it has real consequences for the three million patients who depended on Planned Parenthood last year….
President Obama understands women. He trusts women. And on every issue that matters to us, he stands with women. President Obama ensured that women’s preventive care – including birth control – will be covered by all health care plans, with no co-pay, no matter where we work. Because of President Obama, women won’t be denied insurance because we’ve had breast cancer, or survived sexual assault… and we will no longer pay more than men for the same health insurance.
Thanks to President Obama, being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition!”
“During this campaign, we've heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women — and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They're not imagined. That future could be real….
We've also seen another future we could choose. First of all, we'd have the right to choose. It's an America in which no one can charge us more than men for the exact same health insurance; in which no one can deny us affordable access to the cancer screenings that could save our lives; in which we decide when to start our families. An America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters — not his delegates or donors — and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up….”