"These Doors Stay Open": A Reassuring Battle Cry From Planned Parenthood

When Donald Trump was announced as America's 45th president early on Wednesday morning, many women's thoughts went straight to their rights.

Specifically, their reproductive rights. And very specifically, to Planned Parenthood, which the Republican party vowed to defund in its campaign platform earlier this year.

"We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions," it states. "We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage."

On Wednesday afternoon, the organization stepped forward with a message to the party that wants to close it down.

"One thing is clear: We will never back down," the Facebook post reads, accompanied by a picture of a clinic with a simple message: 'These doors stay open."

"We will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the care they need and for the people who come from communities that need our continued support in this new reality."

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"We will support our immigrant, Muslim, Black and Latinx colleagues, partners and patients in the face of threats made over the last several months."

Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, firmly backs the message.

She, and her organization, are setting the tone for the campaign for women's rights: it's not angry, or vengeful—it's calm, strong, and inspiring.


It's not just about this organization, or this election, or even this president. Access to women's healthcare, and especially to abortion care, has been a hot-button issue around the world in 2016.

Two women in Ireland drew international attention to their country's rigid stance on reproductive rights, tracking their forced journey to the U.K. to seek abortion care elsewhere.

Just a month ago in Poland, thousands and thousands of women took to the streets to protest tightening of already oppressive abortion laws (proposed by the government in a move to placate lobbyists on the far right). And it worked.

And just weeks ago in Australia, there was another case of outdated laws being taken advantage of to further reduce women's access to abortion care.

Planned Parenthood's message is a reassuring battle cry for women—women everywhere—frightened by a political climate that treats their rights as a disposable commodity.

"Health care should not be political," the post reads.

"Every morning, Planned Parenthood health center staff across the country wake up and open their doors, as they have this morning, to care for anyone who needs them, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, or country of origin."

At the time of writing, the post has had close to 50,000 likes, 1,000 comments, and been shared over 13,000 times. It's a reminder that people care. And that people are going to keep fighting.