We commit to stand for racial justice
In this time of extreme trauma and unrest, we at Planned Parenthood of Utah want to state we unequivocally stand in solidarity with our Black community.
We are devastated by the violence perpetuated against Black communities. We demand accountability, justice, and an end to the inequity that continues to systemically target Black, Indigenous, and People of Color lives and communities. George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, Bernardo Palacios, and so many more who don’t make headlines—they deserve justice.
At Planned Parenthood, our mission is to build a world in which every person — regardless of their race, income, insurance, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, or immigration status — can access expert, compassionate sexual and reproductive health care, information, and education without shame or judgement. We cannot achieve this mission without racial justice for all.
As long as Black people don’t have the right to bodily autonomy to live their daily lives – or to protest the violence against their lives – without the fear of violence or murder, we can never achieve justice, let alone reproductive justice. Freedom from violence is reproductive justice.
Now is also a time to look inward. We need to examine how white supremacy of the past and present continues in the institutions we are a part of today — including Planned Parenthood. We acknowledge that we are a part of the problem. We commit to a thorough reckoning of our own racist history and how it shows up today.
We are committed to addressing and correcting implicit bias and structural racism within our organization so that we can continue to improve our delivery of health care and education to the people and communities we serve. In this moment, we commit to supporting and making space for the Black organizations and leaders, along with multicultural leaders, already at the forefront of this fight. We will follow their lead.
Every system that governs us — education, policing, transportation, housing, health care, and more — needs accountability for the ways they reinforce and perpetuate the marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Until the systems of racialized oppression and dehumanization are transformed, we won’t be free.
We are committed to doing our part. We hope you are too.
We have compiled some resources to help all of us learn, listen, grow, and continue our work both personally and systemically to dismantle racism and white supremacy. While this is far from exhaustive, we hope it can be a start.
Check it out here, and please pass along any other resources you think we should add to the list.