In the month since the election, I am still processing the election results. While I may be uncertain about what lies ahead in terms of a Donald Trump administration and how it will affect the women of South Carolina, I am certain about the fact that Planned Parenthood is ready for anything. We have fought back against incessant attacks since we were founded 100 years ago, and the next four years will be just another chapter in our fight to defend women’s reproductive and abortion rights.
In times like these, Planned Parenthood has a history of mobilizing community members, organizational partners, volunteers and human rights advocacy groups in order to make a plan and work together as we move forward. After all, everyone who fights for women’s reproductive and abortion rights has the same goal: to ensure that all women have the ability to access safe, reliable health care and services without the fear of being judged or limited by laws. And as a field organizer, it is my job to mobilize these people and organizations.
There’s no disputing the fact that we have a tough fight ahead of us on both the state and national level. This only means that we, along with the people and organizations of South Carolina, have to be vigilant of policies that are created solely to strip rights from women, people of color, LGBT people, religious communities, and even the environment, so that we can work together to stop them. No matter what lies ahead, every woman, man and young person who seeks quality health care can be confident that Planned Parenthood doors will stay open — no matter what.