Planned Parenthood Capitol Day
SACRAMENTO – Planned Parenthood activists and advocates numbering more than 500 converged on the State Capitol today to show their support for reproductive health care, #Health4All and fully funding the Medi-Cal health system.
They traveled from as far as San Diego and Eureka for a “Day of Action” at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and the State Capitol. The day focused on engaging young advocates in activities to support of reproductive health care for all Californians. Featured presenter this morning was Favianna Rodriguez, artist and cultural organizer, who spoke about women empowering themselves through telling stories.
“Our silence is costing us our political power,” Rodriguez said. “How do we make a generation empowered?” Through sexual health education, she said.
PHOTO: Kathy Kneer, PPAC CEO, stands with Favianna Rodriguez at Capitol Day.
Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León provided the morning keynote address. Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell) also addressed the crowd at the event.
Activists in hot pink T-shirts marched to the West Steps of the Capitol where they were joined by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) who served as the keynote speaker at an afternoon rally on the West Steps. The rally was emceed by PPAC President and CEO Kathy Kneer and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Public Affairs Director Pedro Elias who greeted the following speakers: Sen. Connie Leyva, Sen. Steve Glazer, Assemblymembers David Chiu, Jim Cooper, Lorena Gonzalez, Cristina Garcia, Patty Lopez, Jose Medina and Bill Quirk. Also in attendance were Asm Chris Holden and Asm Patrick O’Donnell.
“Each year, close to 1 million Californians trust Planned Parenthood health centers to provide them with professional, non-judgmental preventive and reproductive health care,” said Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “They also trust us to advocate on their behalf to ensure that all Californians have equal access to quality health care. That’s why it’s so important that California fully funds the Medi-Cal system – so that there is truly Health for All.”
Seven Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 100 health centers throughout the state which provide Californians with health services including life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman exams, contraceptive services, STD prevention and treatment, primary and prenatal care (in certain areas) and much, much more. Planned Parenthood also provides comprehensive sexual health education and teen pregnancy prevention programs throughout California.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven independently incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of reproductive health care, family planning and comprehensive sex education.