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For Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, last week’s Senate vote on health care was a „pinch me, is this real“ moment.

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Almost immediately, she began firing off emails to her colleagues. For Clegg, cheap canada goose the vote was particularly moving not just because the ACA repeal would have had huge negative consequences for Planned Parenthood, but because Clegg and her team had spent months speaking to Senator Collins (R Maine) and her staffers about health care.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap „We were all in and we started making [the] case [for Planned Parenthood] in November and December, and we just didn’t stop,“ said Clegg. buy canada goose jacket cheap

buy canada goose jacket She added that the organization saw volunteer interest skyrocket after November 8: „A lot of these volunteers came in after the election and said, ‚I want to give my time and I want to give my time to Planned Parenthood.‘ That’s what gave us the capacity to just kind of go all out all the time.“ buy canada goose jacket

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Canada Goose sale „We had so many folks who showed up, who had never volunteered before, who were hungry to get involved,“ she said. „We knew that this was going to be critical. So we started this work way back in December. Our first big moment was the Women’s Marches in January.“ Canada Goose sale

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But when they arrived at Collins‘ office the next morning, a staffer was standing in the hallway, and canada goose black friday sale had the Planned Parenthood contingent head down to the subway.

„We get on the subway to go to the Senate floor and we stand outside the Senate floor,“ said Clegg, „and then [Senator Collins] comes out to meet all the patients. It really sort of spoke to this real, I thought, commitment on her end to hear from our patients and understand what this threat meant for them. People were just really touched by this special effort she had made to be responsive to us.“

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canada goose uk shop In June, Murkowski said that she was „committed“ to making sure that „funding for Planned Parenthood remain[ed] intact.“ In July,at a constituent meeting in Homer, Alaska, Murkowski spoke for nearly two minutes about why Planned Parenthood was so important that electrified volunteers and gave them hope that she would stand strong. canada goose uk shop

canada goose clearance sale „She was so on point,“ Kati Ward, canada goose outlet uk sale the Anchorage Regional Field Organizer forPlanned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, told HuffPost. In that moment, [any] ‚squirreliness‘ I’d felt about her went away. I felt like, ‚Wow, she goose outlet canada is really, really solid on this. canada goose factory outlet I think we can really believe in her.'“ canada goose clearance sale

There’s a reason that Planned canada goose outlet store Parenthood organizers in Maine and Alaska had no trouble finding people who wanted to speak to their senators about the care they received at Planned Parenthood clinics. In both states,Planned Parenthood fills gaps in health care access that would otherwise leave patients in a lurch. In Alaska, the canada goose outlet parka health care organization has four health centers which, according to Cler, provide care for more than7,000 patients a year 4,500 of whom are low income women and men who largely rely on federal funding to access that care. Maine’s four Planned Parenthood health centers three of which are located in medically underserved areas provide care to about 10,000 patients per year.

Canada Goose Outlet If GOP legislators had succeeded in defunding the health care provider, low income women would have been hit particularly hard. Planned Parenthood estimated that up to 2.4 million patients across the country could have lost access to care and the picture in states where funding has been slashed is certainly bleak. This summer, Iowa was forced to shutter four clinics after legislators in that state passed a law blocking Medicaid patients from getting their health care at Planned Parenthood centers or other clinics that offer abortion as part canada goose outlet black friday of their services. Canada Goose Outlet

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„I think it’s so remarkable to note that Senator Collins didn’t just respond to us putting pressure on her because she’s afraid of her constituents; I think her stance on this issue is because she canada goose outlet in usa deeply understands the services canada goose outlet online that Planned Parenthood provides and how [defunding] it would affect the national health care landscape,“Jeremy Kennedy,Director of Advocacy, Maine, for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England told HuffPost.

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