The Goddess Prom - an annual benefit party for Planned Parenthood of Greater TX
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February 2013

Trust Women

If you believe that you should be able to choose your own doctor (rather than the Governor making this decision for you), visit www.StandWithTexasWomen.org to let Texas politicians know that Texas women are perfectly capable of choosing their own health care provider...


Thanks for all you do!

-Rebecca

"These Doors Will Stay Open"

Last August, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Texas can deny women access to preventive health care, despite the desperate need of thousands of uninsured Texan women for basic preventive care. The court lifted an injunction that had barred Texas from enforcing its ban against Planned Parenthood health centers’ participation in the Women’s Health Program.

Following the ruling, Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued this statement:
 
“We are evaluating every possible option to protect women’s health in Texas. This case has never been about Planned Parenthood — it's about the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams.
 
“It is shocking that politics would get in the way of women receiving access to basic health care.  Governor Perry has already thrown 160,000 women off of health care for partisan political reasons — now there will be more to come. Today’s ruling puts the health of an additional 52,000 women in jeopardy. 
 
“For nearly 100 years, women and families have trusted Planned Parenthood for high-quality, affordable health care and information. We won't let politics interfere with the health care that nearly three million people a year rely on Planned Parenthood for in Texas and around the country. Planned Parenthood health center doors are open today and they’ll be open tomorrow."


The Texas rule to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program comes after budget cuts, passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Perry last year, dramatically reduced the state’s family planning program by more than two-thirds.  These cuts are projected to take health care away from 160,000 women per year...



<Sigh.>

 You read these statistics and the problem just seems so... LARGE.  It leaves you feeling helpless.  What can YOU possibly do, with your limited budget and your life already full of your own problems to deal with?  You look at your hands; you think, "They look so small...  And the problem is so big...  How can I help with just these little hands?"


You just make sure to do what you can.    :-)

Vote.  Talk to your friends.  Sign up with Planned Parenthood to give them $5.00 per month.  Here's the form:  









It's overwhelming, and it's easy to feel defeated.  Don't give up.  You believe in Planned Parenthood and the good work they do for us.  Every tiny gesture has a ripple effect.  You can't solve the world's problems by yourself.  You can only do whatever you can do.  Make sure you do that!

Have a beautiful day, all!  --

-Rebecca

Paypal!

Great news, ladies!  Forget about having to bring cash, skip the entry line, and pre-pay your entry fee for Mom Prom via our website!  Go to the "Get on the Guest List" page, and click the Paypal button to submit a payment.  We'll be collecting these donations in a savings account, and every penny will go to Planned Parenthood the night of the party.

We love that we have these convenient tools available to us!  You don't even have to have a Paypal account; just choose the option to enter your payment info without an account.  It's going to make our lives a lot easier, I think, and it means we will have less cash to keep track of the night of the event.  Whew!  (I'm always so worried someone's going to walk off with the cash - you know?)

Have a great day today, and thanks for all you do!


-Rebecca

It's the Austin Mom Prom 2013!

Welcome, y'all!
 
Eep!  It's my first blog post!  Garsh.  I'm kinda nervous!  But excited, too.  (It's like a first date or something!  Will they like me?  Will they like me enough to call me tomorrow and tell me they liked me?  Oh, the stress...)
 
But hey -- PROM!  It's Prom season!!  I look forward to it every year.  <wipes away tear>
 
Here's the latest news:
 
The lovely Butterfly Bar has agreed to let us use their rockin' awesome courtyard again this year!  Start practicing your hula-hooping...
 
Our awesome DJ, Sean Alan, is checking his calendar even as we speak!  He wants to come spin for us, he really does.  He's going to do whatever he can to make it work.  Love that guy.
 
 
More news to come!  Stay tuned!
 
- Rebecca
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