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Frequently Asked Questions about Planned Parenthood Day of Action

What issues will we be working on?

Our main focus is always first to preserve and protect the critical funding for women’s health care. As you probably know, family planning is a smart investment that saves Oregon taxpayers millions of dollars every year, and we want to ensure that the state budget isn’t balanced on the backs of vulnerable patients who need lifesaving health care services.

Additionally, we will be working hard to pass a comprehensive women’s health bill, a bill to protect patient privacy and a bill to expand access to men’s reproductive health care. We will also fight back against any anti-women’s health care bills that would limit access to safe and legal abortion.

Why do we need to lobby?

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon regularly invites supporters from every corner of the state to meet with their local elected leaders in Salem. It’s a powerful way to remind our representatives that their constituents back at home believe that women’s health issues are economic issues, that it’s important that abortion remain a safe and legal medical procedure, that education and access to family planning services prevent unintended pregnancy and keep women safe. Plus, it’s incredibly empowering to represent your home district on behalf of the organization and the issues you care most about. Join us!

How will meetings get set up?

Key organizers work to prearrange meetings with your legislators. When you arrive, we will give you all the information about where and when your meetings will be.

How do I get to Planned Parenthood Day of Action?

People are responsible for their own transportation to and from Salem, but we are happy to help you facilitate a carpool. If you are interested in being a carpool driver or rider, please let us know when you register. Free parking accommodations will be available.

Is there training available?

Yes! We will start the day with an extensive, robust and fun training on the messages of Planned Parenthood Day of Action. (Please be sure to arrive on time so you don’t miss our special guest speakers!) Don’t worry if you’ve never lobbied before: You can feel confident that after the morning session, you will be prepared to effectively represent Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and yourself in the Capitol!

What should I wear? What if the weather is bad?

Rain, shine, sleet or snow – unless the Capitol is closed, Planned Parenthood Day of Action will still take place. After lunch there will be a march from Mission Mill Museum to the Oregon State Capitol, which is about a 10-minute walk, so please dress in layers and be prepared for rain and/or the cold. Attire is "business casual," and we ask that you refrain from wearing jeans when conducting meetings with elected officials. Comfortable shoes will help you navigate through the Capitol more easily, too! We will happily facilitate accommodations for people with physical limitations.

What if I have food restrictions?

PPAO will be glad to make reasonable accommodations for special food restrictions, although we may not be able to account for every potential food need. We intend to have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan lunch options available.

I have friends who want to attend. Should they just show up?

We need participants to sign up in advance. Please have people register here no later than April 5th.

How can I stay updated?

Upon registration, you will be mailed a packet of information to prepare for Planned Parenthood Day of Action. Your local Field Organizers will follow up with regular updates via email – and they can’t wait to meet you! If you have any questions before you register, please contact Field Director Nichi Masters Linder at [email protected]

Posted on February 10, 2015.
 
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