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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) is the political arm of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon.
Our purpose is to advocate for public policy changes that will enhance and protect reproductive rights, and build support and accountability among our elected officials in Oregon. In order to do this, PPAO has a number of tools at its disposal. Through our 501(c)(4) organization we engage primarily in lobbying and other activities aimed at changing legislation and policies, and advocate for the election and/or defeat of specific candidates. We also have a PAC that allows us to educate the public on where the candidates stand on key issues, and make direct and in-kind contributions to pro-choice candidates.
Crisis pregnancy centers, which go by many different names, are usually run by organizations that are opposed to abortion. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are not medical clinics, but often portray themselves as such. Although these centers offer free pregnancy tests and counseling, the counselors do not give women information about all available medical options so that women can make informed decisions. In fact, many of these centers provide medically inaccurate information about abortion and birth control to manipulate women facing a possible pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon has launched a 12-month grassroots campaign throughout 2010 to educate the community on the practices employed by CPCs, and activate supporters to participate in ongoing organizing efforts. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to build momentum and lay the groundwork for a 2011 legislative bill that will regulate CPCs so that pregnant women utilizing CPCs are aware of the exact services and information these facilities do/do not provide.
Help us mobilize pro-choice supporters as we ensure that crisis pregnancy centers improve their accuracy and transparency in Oregon!
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