I was just scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I came across a great 1199 post: A big, pink “1199SEIU Stands With Planned Parenthood.” My Union was joining in the Sept. 29 “Pink Out” in solidarity with Planned Parenthood and in the fight for women’s healthcare in America. I was so proud I quickly changed my profile picture to bright pink. Great job with social media 1199! Social media can be a very powerful tool to make our voices heard!

I am very proud of my union for standing with Planned Parenthood and against the attacks on women in this country. Planned Parenthood for decades has been a crucial provider of healthcare services to women who might not otherwise have been able to afford them. Our women have been able to turn to Planned Parenthood for services like cancer screenings, mammograms and other preventive care.

These attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and the behavior of the politicians during the recent “hearings” about it are a disgrace. Conservative Republicans have manipulated facts and lied for their own political gain. As women, healthcare workers and union members we must stand up for women’s health issues and women’s rights. And again, I was proud to see 1199 taking a stand for us.



EVE SHOENTHAL

Occupational Therapist,

Yorktown Heights, NY

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