Bring on 2020
Let’s face it – 2019 was a doozy of a year. Our legislature passed an unconstitutional 18-week abortion ban during the Utah Legislative Session, and President Trump unraveled the national family planning (Title X) program. As you know, Planned Parenthood withdrew from Title X rather than let President Trump and his henchmen dictate the health care and information we provide to our patients. Providing information and access to all forms of reproductive health care—including abortion—will happen at Planned Parenthood in Utah, no matter what.
We teamed up with the ACLU of Utah to file a lawsuit, so the abortion ban has not gone into effect in Utah. We have had tremendous support from our community, and we continue to provide the same quality of care to our patients, at affordable rates, that we have for 50 years, despite being forced out of the Title X program.
But we can’t forget! Even though Planned Parenthood is working to mitigate the bad policy coming down the corroded pipe – we cannot overlook what it means to have anti-reproductive health policymakers running the show. In 2020, we must start to undo the terrible legacy of the Trump era.
We are going to need you. We are going to need you to remember how your state and federal representatives voted on the issues that matter to you—and help educate voters. We are going to need you to register your friends, family, and neighbors to vote in the 2020 Election.
Although our votes in the presidential election can feel like they don’t count, remember that your vote has a huge impact here in Utah. You can elect a governor who will veto bad bills, you can elect state senators and representatives who will work to make our lives better and actually listen to the voters. Never forget the people who have passed away waiting for the legislature to stop playing politics with our health and expand Medicaid. You can most definitely hold them accountable for what they say and do (or refuse to do).
You can also get involved during the upcoming Legislative Session that begins next month. This is the time when state legislators create laws that impact us all on a daily basis. We already know the 2020 session is going to include many fights, including protecting access to abortion. We will keep you up to date on all the bills we are tracking throughout the session, so watch your inbox!. And if you want to level up your activism, consider joining us for a Citizen Lobby training on January 7th at the Capitol.
2020 will also be a momentous year for Planned Parenthood of Utah, as we celebrate 50 years in the Beehive State! We look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year, including at our gala in March.
So rest up and hold your family and friends tight this holiday season. In 2020, the resistance is getting real. Together, we can do it. We simply must.