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Media Memo: Update on CREDO’s work to defend Planned Parenthood

By September 15, 2015 No Comments

To: Interested Parties

From: CREDO

Re: Update on CREDO’s work to defend Planned Parenthood

Date: September 9, 2015

When members of Congress came back from recess this week, the Republican fight to defund Planned Parenthood came back with them. But the Republicans’ real goal is to deny women the right to make their own medical decisions and ban abortion entirely.

Since Congressional Republicans do not have the votes to pass a standalone bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the right wing extremists are pressuring the GOP leadership to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to agree to a budget that cuts Planned Parenthood funding. If Senate Democrats maintain the firewall against any attacks on Planned Parenthood, the Republicans will not be able to carry out their war against women.

Republican leadership knows that it is likely to receive the blame if they dare to shut down the government. What remains to be seen is whether the GOP leadership will engage in a pathetic ploy to grandstand to their extremist base.

CREDO – the largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood – is fighting back. Here’s what CREDO and its 3.8 million members are doing to block Republican attempts to discredit and defund Planned Parenthood:

200,000+ URGE REPUBLICANS NOT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD: More than 201,000 CREDO activists have signed a petition telling Republicans in Congress not to defund Planned Parenthood.

155,000+ PETITION CONGRESSIONAL DEMS TO STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD: More than 158,000 CREDO activists have CREDO petitions urging Democrats in Congress to oppose any attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.

110,000+ PETITION REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS NOT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD: In response to attacks on Planned Parenthood at the state level, more than 112,000 CREDO activists signed a petition telling Republican governors not to defund Planned Parenthood.

4,000+ PHONE CALLS TO SENATE DEMOCRATS: In late July and early August CREDO activists made more than 4,100 phone calls to Senate offices in opposition to defunding Planned Parenthood. Calls resumed on Wednesday, September 9.

$3 MILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS: CREDO is proud to be Planned Parenthood’s largest corporate donor, with more than $3 million in total donations. In 2014, CREDO donated $189,558 to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. CREDO donates a portion of our revenue to three progressive groups each month. In August, our members allocated $80,000 to Planned Parenthood in the face of the latest Republican attacks.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.8 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and more than 50,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct actions for progressive change. Follow CREDO on Twitter at @CREDOmobile.