Dear friends and supporters
For 50 years, we’ve been there for you, every step of the way. Now we need your help urgently. Planned Parenthood Ottawa (PPO) is suffering. You’ve heard of the recent attacks on women’s healthcare in the States, but we’re feeling the impact too.
We’re reaching crisis point, and we need your support. Planned Parenthood is under attack by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don’t want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can. They are targeting our funders. Due to funding cuts, we recently had to turn away a woman whose abusive partner was trying to force her to end her pregnancy. Please donate to ensure we never have to do that again.
Several Canadian sexual health providers have lost significant funding in the last year or so. One even closed in May -- it was Canada's first birth control clinic.
Enough is Enough.
It’s time to step up, and say ‘We Support Planned Parenthood’. Please donate today to show your support.
“Mary” is 39. She has five, wonderful children. But she’s pregnant again and isn’t sure she can cope with a sixth child. She came to Planned Parenthood for unbiased, confidential counselling, to talk about all her options. She arrived in tears, lost and lonely. She left knowing it’s her choice, and she can make the best decision for herself.
“Amanda”, in her mid-twenties, came to see our counsellor very upset. At the start of the session, she disclosed that her boyfriend, who was in the waiting room outside, was pressuring her to have an abortion. She needed our help to make her own choice. With Amanda, we provided a safe, non-judgemental space to explore all her options. We gave her the tools and support to feel comfortable with her own choice. And we gave her the words to safely voice her own decision.
In the last two years, funding for our services, like unbiased counselling, sex ed, contraception advice, has been slashed. Some cuts have been large, with major funders suddenly backing away. Others have been smaller, but they have made it harder to do our work.
- Show your support by donating now. Even $10 makes a difference. If you’re not a monthly donor, please consider joining!
- Talk to five Ottawa friends about the situation we’re facing. Speak out in support of Planned Parenthood
- Raise your voices in any way you can - on twitter, Facebook, with the media, and with your MPs, MPPs and city councillors #standwithPPO
- If you’ve used our services and have a personal story, I’d love for you to tell it, if you’re able.
I'm so proud of the work we do, which reaches over one hundred thousand people every year. Every month, we have up to 20,000 visitors looking for honest, accurate info on our website. We teach effective sex ed to thousands of youth in Ottawa schools, we provide confidential, unbiased counselling to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, we provide contraception advice, and distributed 72,000 free condoms last year alone. We’re a resource for everything reproductive and sexual health.
Please join us in solidarity, and support Planned Parenthood Ottawa.
President of Planned Parenthood Ottawa