Supporters of Planned Parenthood in Idaho held events and demonstrations in Boise and Twin Falls Tuesday as part of the “National Pink Out Day” events that took place in 90 cities nationwide.
About 100 pink-clad supporters gathered outside Boise’s downtown post office at noon for a short program and to deliver petitions with some 8,000 signatures in support of Planned Parenthood’s healthcare mission to the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson. A smaller group rallied at Simpson’s office in Twin Falls, organizers said.
“This is really a message to our entire delegation,” said Hannah Brass Greer, Idaho legislative director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, the regional political advocacy group. “Oftentimes we’re the only healthcare that our patients are seeking.”
All of Idaho’s federal legislators have backed efforts to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Greer said the local demonstrations showed “we have support in Idaho.
“We are going to continue to deliver this message to our delegation until they listen,” she said.