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5 Ways to Get Involved with Planned Parenthood Locally
Here are a few ways you can join the fight and get involved locally right here in Massachusetts.
Our Election Impact
The 2014 elections signified a major shift in how candidates across the country talked about women’s health. Both right here in Massachusetts and across the United States, candidates understood that voters who care about women’s health are watching – and they vote.
That’s why, in 2014, candidates went out of their way to court voters by placing their pro-women’s health platforms front and center or by changing their anti-women’s health platforms into modified positions of support for women’s access to health care.
Even in Massachusetts, this shift was noticeable, as 2014 was the first time in recent history that candidates up and down the ballot proactively and publicly promoted their support for women’s access to health care.
A Wave of Grassroots Action
Nationwide, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations ran their largest-ever voter education and engagement program -- knocking on more than 2 million doors and making 2.4 million phone calls.
Combined with the 1 million new supporters recruited, Planned Parenthood is stronger than ever and well positioned for the next big elections in 2016.
Advocating for Women's Health in Massachusetts
The loss of a buffer zone and the swift passage of the Safe Access law underscored how important it was to elect women's health champions right here in Massachusetts.
That’s why in 2014, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts ran its largest voter education program EVER. Highlights of that work include:
- Endorsed and helped elect women’s health champion Maura Healey as the first openly gay attorney general in the country.
- Launched an online voter guide to educate Massachusetts voters with information on where state candidates stood on women’s health and comprehensive sexuality education.
- Delegated staff, interns, and volunteers who spent hundreds of hours talking to voters on the phone and knocking on their doors.
- Nearly 90% of PPAF’s endorsed candidates were elected into office.
Women’s health is an issue voters care about - and one that isn’t going away with the 2016 presidential election on the horizon.