The internet went pink Wednesday in an effort to raise awareness for Planned Parenthood's reproductive health care services. The effort was part of the nonprofit's National Pink Out Day.
"Pink Out Day is time for reproductive rights supporters to show their defiance against the relentless attacks on Planned Parenthood," the nonprofit's support website read. "It's a day for people to unite and say: We resist. We are strong. And we're not backing down--not today, not ever."
The hashtag #PinkOut trended on Twitter and included pink images in support of the movement. To participate in the support, Planned Parenthood advised supporters to join the Thunderclap, change their social media profile pictures, wear pink, post pictures with the hashtag #PinkOut and RSVP on Facebook.
Amid the Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some Democratic lawmakers in other states had plans to protect Planned Parenthood's services--such as birth control access and abortion coverage at a state level.
Oregon Democratic State Representative Jeff Barker said he would continue to push a bill that would force health care providers to cover all services related to reproductive health, including contraceptives and other reproductive drugs. It would also allow women to have an abortion without government intervention.
"It will be contentious, but I believe it will pass," Barker told the Associated Press Wednesday. "We want to be sure that women have all their reproductive health needs taken care of."
A Democratic lawmaker in Nevada chimed in on the issue, as well. Democratic State Senator Julia Ratti reiterated the importance of state laws "so that regardless of what future federal provisions come through, we know we're doing the right think in Nevada," according to the AP. Nevada proposed a bill which would provide other sources of funding if Planned Parenthood ever lost federal funding.
"Nevadans need these protections regardless of what's happening in Congress," president of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates Elisa Caffetra said. "Family planning and preventative health care are still very much threatened."