Women’s health provider Planned Parenthood is making a bold move to “engage historically disenfranchised communities.” Its clinics, which serve 2.5 million women across America, will start registering voters. Planned Parenthood serves a disproportionate number of young women, poor women, and women of color – the demographics most affected by voter suppression laws. This initiative has the potential to make a big impact in this election season.
The campaign, My Vote, My Voice, is explicitly non-partisan and will register anyone “regardless of their background, beliefs, or political ideology.” According to the Huffington Post,
Volunteers across 45 states will set up “action” tables outside of Planned Parenthood health centers and other locations in the community to sign people up to vote, educate them about voter ID laws in their states, and then remind them two weeks before the November election to vote.
Planned Parenthood will also be taking My Vote, My Voice to college campuses and online. Their hope is to “encourage folks to participate in democracy.” Spokesperson Anna Keene explains,
“If we can’t all participate in our government, we all get cheated. We’re launching the ‘My Vote, My Voice’ campaign to help ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in communities across the country. No matter what your political beliefs are, if you don’t or can’t vote, then you can’t elect officials who will keep your best interests in mind.”
Thanks to Planned Parenthood, many women receive healthcare and sexual health services who would not otherwise be able to. Now, thanks to Planned Parenthood, many women who are disenfranchised from the politics will be able to engage in democracy and have their voices heard.