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This week, we support Planned Parenthood, stick it to Mike Pence, and RT Lady Gaga.

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11.18.2016

This Week in Women: Uncertainty Raises Voices And Calls to Action

The days of a pre-Trump administration have ushered in uncertainty about the tone of the next four years. In the past week, the headlines have demanded attention as the nation rallied and protested. Times like these call for honest conversation, it’s this week in women! 

20,000 People Donate to Planned Parenthood in VP-Elect’s Honor

Thousands of dollars have been given to the Indiana chapter of Planned Parenthood, following the controversial presidential election. Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, said that 20,000 of 128,000 donations received have made reference to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Pence’s socially conservative history provoked many to voice their solidarity. “We are pleased that this outpouring of support recognizes the good work PPINK does and we welcome the financial support to continue to serve our patients who need us the most,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), in an official statement on Tuesday. “Hoosiers have recognized how bad Pence is for women for a really long time and now the nation is joining us in the fight against him.”

Also, worth noting that Pence will receive a note of thanks for each donation in his name. Please excuse the smug snickering from the peanut gallery.

Birth Control Panic is a Reflection of Uncertain Healthcare Future

On the topic of reproductive healthcare access, President-elect Donald Trump has been vague on details of his plans for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), after campaigning on a promise to repeal ACA and appoint justices to the Supreme Court bench in an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade. Since the election, many birth control and ACA recipients are left with uncertainty whether these amenities will continue to be available through the next year, let alone for four years of Trump administration and Republican control of the House and Senate.

“Since the election, we have seen an uptick in questions about access to health care, birth control, and the Affordable Care Act. While we truly hope that birth control methods will be available, accessible, and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people’s real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a written statement to CNN. Right now, you can help make a difference by reaching out to your legislators and helping advocacy groups, like the National Women’s Health Network, fight for important healthcare initiatives and funding.

Lady Gaga Writes Stirring Essay for Harper’s Bazaar

In the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Lady Gaga takes time to reflect on her family’s history and what it means to be a modern woman. In a thoughtful essay she describes being brought up by women that had overcome adversity, and the creative nurturing that was fostered in her through the spirit of her late aunt, Joanne.

“Health, happiness, love—these are the things that are at the heart of a great lady, I think. That’s the kind of lady I want to be. You know, I never thought I’d say this, but isn’t it time to take off the corsets? As someone who loves them, I think it’s time to take them off.”

Gaga’s words and music are a welcome respite with an empowering message. We encourage all nasty women readers to get involved, know your issues, know your rights and answer your own call to action. Burn the corsets!

Polaroid taken exclusively for Milk by Natalia Mantini.

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