As you've probably heard by now, the House voted last week to cut federal funding for Title X, which would in turn U.S. bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding. If you're reading Bitch, you probably agree with us that this is a bunch of completely outrageous bullshit. If you haven't already signed the online petition to let the House and Senate know that you stand with Planned Parenthood, do so right now. OK, did you do it? Great! Now let's do more!
Planned Parenthood is also organizing rallies at health centers around the country. A couple of us went to one here in Portland yesterday and it was awesome. Tons of energized people, and some really great rally signs and chants. Check the PP website to find out where they're happening in your area! And in the meantime, let's come up with some signs to make and take with us to these rallies, shall we?
Yesterday at the rally I was really wishing that I'd come up with a clever sign for the cause. (For examples, check out the photo above and this one below, taken by Bitch contributor Sarah Mirk.) There's another rally coming up here on Friday, and there are more this week all over the country. Share your sign ideas so that we can all show up prepared to fight for women's reproductive rights with our wits about us (and on our signs)!
At our staff meeting today, we came up with a few to get the ball rolling:
You can't spell uterus without U.S.!
Don't ex Title X!
You down with P.P.? Yeah you know me!
Title X marks the spot!
And some chants for good measure:
Ho ho! Hey hey! Federal funding's got to stay!
Women, United! Will never be divided!
Women's health care is under attack! What do we do? Stand up! Fight back!
Tell the folks on Capitol Hill: Don't take away our birth control pills!
If you like safe sex, save Title X!
And if all else fails, print out this picture from the Planned Parenthood Facebook page and take it with you to the rally (there are lots of good sign ideas on there, FYI):
Got any more ideas? Leave them in the comments section for all to share! See you at Planned Parenthood!