Frances Wolf: Women’s Rights are Human Rights

The Women’s Marches across Pennsylvania, the country, and the world were an incredible show of solidarity and democratic activism. Together, millions of people stood up for our nation’s founding promise of justice and equality for all.

My husband has been standing up for women’s rights for as long as I’ve known him. We’ve volunteered together at Planned Parenthood, and we’ve seen the difficult decisions many women have to make in consultation with their doctor.

Unfortunately, there are powerful people and extreme special interest groups that don’t see women’s rights as human rights.

In Washington, President Donald Trump has already signed executive orders making it the official White House policy to repeal the Affordable Care Act and limit access to reproductive healthcare and information. And here in Pennsylvania, extreme politicians in Harrisburg continue to push for legislation to criminalize a woman’s constitutional right to make her own medical decisions and defund Planned Parenthood.

So, we’ll need you to keep up the fight. A quick way you can show your support for women across Pennsylvania is to add your name to the petition for women’s rights, healthcare, and equality.

But there are lots of other ways to get involved and turn the spirit of Saturday’s marches into continued action — here are a few:

  1. Call your representatives and speak out about women’s rights, healthcare, and the Affordable Care Act — or whatever issues are important to you.
  2. Volunteer with or donate to Planned Parenthood.
  3. Join your local county Democratic Party organization.
  4. Run for office yourself — and if you’re under 35, check out
  5. Forward this email to a few friends and encourage them to add their name to the petition or take any of the actions above.

It’s vital to our democracy for us to not only keep the energy and excitement from the Women’s Marches alive but also to encourage as many as possible to take the next step in their involvement in this movement.

Tom and I can’t wait to see what you all do next.

Thank you.