Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Mission

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), which is headquartered in San Jose and operates several health centers in the Monterey Coast region, has been an essential provider of excellent, affordable reproductive health services and education since 1964. PPMM’s mission is to ensure the knowledge, opportunity, and freedom to make every child a wanted child and every family a healthy family. We are dedicated to providing easily accessible, affordable, non-judgmental and compassionate family planning and reproductive health care, family medicine and reproductive health education to teens and communities. Our services are tailored to the wide diversity of our 42-county service area in mid-California and Northern Nevada, committed to reducing unintended pregnancies as well as promoting responsible behavior and communication related to sexuality and health.

The Big Idea

It’s an unprecedented mobilization of our supporters, patients and staff in a rapid-response grassroots effort to protect health care-access from the harshest political attacks in a generation.

Our project title paraphrases a now infamous line spoken by the Senate Majority Leader who scolded a female Senator in 2017 when she continued oppose dangerous and regressive legislation during debate on the Senate floor. (“Nevertheless, she persisted.”)
In the spirit of this intrepid female Senator, PPMM has mobilized a powerful and effective network of volunteers, donors, supporters, clients and staff who systematically resist harmful legislation and regulations — via social media, phone calls to legislators, in-person protests and fundraising — in order to safeguard access to quality and affordable health care for thousands of mostly low-income people whose health and lives depend on it.

“This weekend, I stood with thousands on the frontlines of the war against women to defend the vital work of Planned Parenthood. They were the ones who took care of my annual screenings and wellness checks when I couldn’t afford insurance. They were also the ones who found a giant ovarian cyst before I went on a month-long backpacking trip in the wilderness. That could have been life-threatening if it had burst when I was in the field. I, like millions of others, owe a great deal to Planned Parenthood.”

— Phoebe Feeley, Santa Cruz