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Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte Big Pink Bus Tour focuses on women’s health, rights

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Kelley Rees and Magdelena Ford were fired up when they followed the Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte Get-Out-the-Vote bus from the Capitol building Friday to Reno, where they will be through Super Tuesday. Rees and Ford, both 22, recently graduated from UC Davis and had never done volunteer campaign work before. But they felt there is so much at stake for young women in this election that they jumped at the chance to talk to voters in Washoe County, the key swing county in the key swing state of Nevada. They are among hundreds of Californians who have headed to Nevada during the final days before the election to get voters to the polls.

“Mitt Romney and lots of members of Congress want to shut down Planned Parenthood,” Rees said. “That’s where so many people go for birth control and check-ups, especially people my age who don’t have full-time jobs yet or don’t have insurance. We can’t let that happen.”

The two followed PPAMM’s bus to Reno after a Sacramento rally for Congressional candidate Dr. Ami Bera (D) who champions affordable women’s health care. They have been in Nevada all weekend, making sure registered female voters know that President Obama and U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley have pledged to protect access to affordable care. Preventive care, such as affordable access to contraception and limiting family size, is a basic economic issue.

The PPAMM Get Out the Vote bus tour began Friday morning in Modesto, after a rally for Congressional candidate Jose Hernandez (D), and traveled through the Central Valley before making its final California stop in Sacramento. Along the way, the pink bus picked up riders and followers at PPAMM rallies for pro-women’s-health Congressional candidates Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) in Stockton and Rep. Pete Stark (D) in Hayward. Members from major labor unions, including the Teamsters and Service Employees International Union, joined rallies in Modesto and Stockton. This is PPAMM’s first ever get-out-the-vote election bus tour. Bus passengers and followers are chronicling their trip on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Beside the crucial task of getting out the vote in an election battleground state, one of the PPAMM bus tour’s most important missions is recruiting the involvement of more young women who have the most to lose – and the most to gain – by joining the effort to protect access to health care for women and families. That includes preventive care ranging from birth control to breast-and-cervical-cancer screenings to children’s vaccinations and prenatal care.

Kelley Rees and Magdelena Ford said they’re having a blast so far and feel like they’re making a real difference in the election. Many other young women who have hit the streets of Nevada with PPAMM this past weekend have said they’re already looking forward to their next trip with the big pink bus.
 

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