- The resistance is reaching new heights during Congressional recess (now through April 23). Planned Parenthood supporters are out in full force, speaking at their lawmakers' town halls and organizing powerful #IStandWithPP events to demand — loud and clear — that their lawmakers protect access to care at Planned Parenthood. Here are just a few of the highlights.
Arizona Town Hall: Standing Up to Sen. Jeff Flake
- Sen. Jeff Flake (R) just weathered a "brutal" town hall, according to Arizona Republic. After being "repeatedly hammered" about Republicans' attempts to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood, Flake responded by saying he disagrees with his constituents on the issue. His constituents' response: chants of ’’You work for us! You work for us!"
New Jersey Town Hall: Speaking Out to Rep. Leonard Lance
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R) faced tough questions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare from his constituents. When he suggested breaking Planned Parenthood into two entities (which has been rejected by Planned Parenthood and met with resounding criticism), the audience booed. And when he suggested community health centers — like a dental facility — could see Planned Parenthood patients if it shut down, a constituent responded, “If I’m pregnant, I don’t need a dental plan."
New York Town Hall: Calling Out Rep. John Faso
- Planned Parenthood "dominated the conversation" between Rep. John Faso (R) and his constituents, according to the Huffington Post. Constituents called him out for going back on his word: He gave lip service to protecting women's health care, yet voted for the bill that would "defund" Planned Parenthood and block patients from care.
Oklahoma Town Hall: Putting Pressure on Rep. Jim Bridenstine
- A big, boisterous crowd numbering in the thousands shouted at Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) for his backward stance on health care.