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November 07, 2012

Planned Parenthood in the US goes Pink for Obama

By Katherine Dodds

It's the day after the US election, and Planned Parenthood declares Obama Reelection Is ‘Resounding Victory for Women’

Planned Parenthood Action Fund president literally jumping for joy when the news of Obama's reelection broke! 

Note: all images from Planned Parenthood Action's Live Election blog.

“This is a resounding victory for women. More than ever before, women’s health was a decisive issue in this election. Americans today voted to ensure that women will have access to affordable health care and be able to make their own medical decisions,” said Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Pictured Above: Online HQ for the PP get out the vote! 

Here in Canada we were watching through the news and sites like this, and on my Facebook stream there seemed to be a collective sigh of relief. It also got me exploring the Planned Parenthood US sites a bit more and seeing the many connections with the work here in Canada. We at Hello Cool World through our work, and through this That's So Sexy blog, have been working in BC with Options for Sexual Health since it was Planned Parenthood BC. Now, our Canadian National organization, which is still connected with the international Planned Parenthood Federation is called the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health.

And we do have a lot of work to do here at home, as we have a Prime Minister that is our crazy equivalent to Mitt Romney. More on that in future blogs!

If anything this US election brought the issues of gender and reproductive health and rights front and centre in all progressive's minds. And that is, IMHO, a good thing. Also for Canadians.

But there are other reasons to be critical of Obama, and another feminist group I cherish, who was even quicker to reclaim the hot pink brand, is Code Pink, Women For Peace. Post vote, via Twitter & Facebook they immediately reminded folks of their upcoming 10 year anniversary march on the White House

There is more work to be done, but this morning, it's nice to enjoy this victory while it's pink glow lasts. Then lets get on with deconstructing the pink....; ) 

Tag(s): Cervical Cancer Screening Program Campaign, Feminism, Gender, Sexual Health

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