Planned Parenthood has been a force for good for over 100 years. If you haven’t taken advantage of their services, someone else in your life has. We specifically admire their intentional and purposeful service for individuals who may otherwise not have safe or affordable access to vital healthcare. I got to chat with Katrina Morrison, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Public Affairs Coordinator to find out more about what our local branch does and how we can all get involved!
What is the mission of Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood strives to "empower all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health through patient services, education, and advocacy". We fulfill our mission through a holistic manner, as we are well aware that there are many factors that can influence one's ability to access and/or make informed decisions about their reproductive healthcare. Therefore, in order to fully advocate for accessible and affordable reproductive healthcare, we have to also advocate for: LGBTQ+ rights, gun control, immigrant communities, survivors of sexual assault, etc. Our programs and efforts are tailored to encompass this multifaceted approach.
What’s one facet of your work that might be surprising to others?
In my capacity at Planned Parenthood, I primarily work with volunteers and community organizations to bring awareness to the services and resources we offer. Through this work, I have had the opportunity to do lots of fun outreach projects -- including, helping to plan reproductive and social justice related rallies!
In regards to the work of the agency, some people might find it surprising that Planned Parenthood offers educational programming tailored towards Latinx communities and their needs.
What is important for other people to know about what Planned Parenthood does?
We offer an expansive amount of services to anyone and everyone, regardless of: gender identity, immigration status, income, age, etc. We provide where other healthcare providers cannot, and that makes our services vital to those who might not be able to otherwise access reproductive healthcare.
What is most rewarding about your work?
I work directly with people — both those who use and those who support the services we provide. I get to see first hand the impact that we have, and it is meaningful and important. So many people know, use, and love Planned Parenthood.
How do we get involved?
Email me with your interest and I can connect you to all of the resources! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a volunteer form on our website. Most of our volunteer opportunities are through public affairs, so will include activities like tabling, attending different events on behalf of Planned Parenthood, and canvassing. Canvassing is particularly important right now — with the November election coming up, many issues regarding reproductive justice are implicated in each candidate. Canvassing is a great opportunity to promote candidates that support reproductive justice.