Mayor Myrick leads Ithaca and Southern Tier in national #PinkOut for Planned Parenthood

September 29, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Wearing a pink tie and brandishing a "Stand with Planned Parenthood" lawn sign, City of Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick took to Facebook on Monday evening to urge the community to participate in Tuesday's national #PinkOut campaign.

Mayor Myrick supports Planned Parenthood's "Pink Out" day. Photo provided by Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.Mayor Myrick supports Planned Parenthood's "Pink Out" day. Photo provided by Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes."Wear pink on Tuesday to show that you stand with Planned Parenthood and against the dishonest attempts to strip them of federal funding and leave millions of women without access to reproductive health care," the mayor said in his post.

It's one of 200 campaigns taking place "across the country, held by patients and supporters to show they #StandWithPP," according to Liz Gipson, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.

"We need Planned Parenthood’s voice here in our community and in our national policy debates now more than ever," says Mayor Myrick, who adds that when he and his siblings were kids, his mother "took us to our local Planned Parenthood to learn about contraception. I am grateful to her for the referral and to Planned Parenthood for its honest, non-judgmental information."

Gipson tells us that more than 600 supporters of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes have committed to wear pink on Tuesday, more than 200 area homeowners are displaying Planned Parenthood yard signs, "and businesses across the region are proudly displaying signs of support to highlight the need for the quality reproductive health care Planned Parenthood has provided for nearly a century," she says.

Business owner Rhonda Morton of Savannah Consulting in Corning is one of those participating. "I have been a Planned Parenthood patient for decades because their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and caring," Morton said in a release. "The services they provide are essential to women, especially low income women, in our community."

Events in other areas include sex-ed teach-ins, free STD testing clinics, and rallies, "all in response to efforts by extreme politicians in Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of critical federal funding and cut millions off from essential reproductive health care," according to Gipson.

In Ithaca, she says "We have free yard signs available for our supporters to pick up in our health centers, including the one in Ithaca on 620 West Seneca, through the end of the day" on Tuesday.

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