Our public affairs team joined advocates from Planned Parenthoods across the nation last week at a convening in Washington, DC. We took the time to re-charge, reflect on this past year, and prepare for what promises to be a few challenging years as we wrap up Trump’s tenure. Stay tuned as we unveil our campaign to build power and rely on you, our Ambassadors, to educate friends, family, and elected officials about what Utahns really want and need.
In the interim… here’s what’s happening in August:
- Did you hear? The feds rejected Utah’s proposed Medicaid waiver (aka S.B. 96 from this past legislative session). This means that the door is open to go back to what Utah voters approved—FULL Medicaid expansion. Call and email your legislators and Governor Herbert to let them know you want them to make good on their promise to return to the spirit of voter-approved Proposition #3 and expand Medicaid to all Utahns in the coverage gap.
- U.S. Congress is heading home for their summer break. Many of the Utah delegation are hosting town halls to check in with constituents. Now is the time to attend a town hall and remind them of your support of Planned Parenthood as the Title X provider in the state. Visit the Town Hall Project to learn more about the where and the when. Check out the Ambassador handbook for tips on crafting your questions.
- Vote. Check out whether your city is holding a primary in August to narrow the field of candidates for the General Election on November 5th. I live in Salt Lake City and received my mail-in ballot for the mayor’s race. I mailed my ballot in yesterday—they need to be mailed prior to the Primary Election or dropped off in-person at a polling spot on August 13th.
I need each of you to take 2 minutes right now to sign the petition telling Senator Dan McCay to give up the idea of running a misinformed abortion ban during the 2020 Legislative Session. Utahns want continued access to safe and legal abortion. If Senator McCay would like to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in Utah, he should support expanding Medicaid and affordable access to birth control for all.