In a historic partnership, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm hosted a “Stand with Planned Parenthood” occasion throughout their nationally televised recreation on ESPN 2 on Tuesday. This marks the primary time ever, knowledgeable sports activities franchise partnered with Planned Parenthood.

As a women’s basketball coach, I couldn’t be prouder to see our sport take a stand and be a pacesetter within the fight for women’s health care.

One in 5 women on this nation have relied on Planned Parenthood for health care. The women who go there don’t go to make a political assertion; They go for health care. That’s why I stand with Planned Parenthood. I need to be sure that everybody has entry to the care they want –– and that’s what Planned Parenthood does.

But proper now, that health care is in danger for tens of millions, together with Planned Parenthood sufferers. Access to contraception, most cancers screenings, breast exams, and STI testing and remedy for Montanans and women throughout this nation is in danger.

In communities throughout the nation, together with in rural areas in Montana, Planned Parenthood is the one source of contraceptive and reproductive health care for women. Keeping its doorways open ensures that entry to contraception, that unintended pregnancies are prevented, that deliberate pregnancies are wholesome and that oldsters in Montana are given the reassurance they want with a purpose to increase a household.

Without it, many in Montana would have nowhere else to go.

And it’s not simply Montana. Planned Parenthood has impacted women’s lives across the nation. For Seattle Storm Owner Dawn Trudeau, supporting Planned Parenthood is private –– she is a former Planned Parenthood affected person.  So is Imani Boyette, a participant on the opposing staff, Chicago Sky.

I couldn’t be prouder to see the house owners of the Seattle Storm converse out, to see Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and different main gamers on this sport stand with Planned Parenthood, and to listen to that the WNBA president is completely supportive of this work.

It makes me proud to be an element of women’s basketball, and it makes me proud to face with Planned Parenthood.

While that is only a sport, and this occasion is only a recreation, we will make it greater than that.
As athletes and coaches, we’ve got the chance to steer our elected officers again on monitor in supporting and advocating for women’s health. I hope the Seattle Storm’s management on this situation encourages different athletes, coaches, sports activities franchises and groups to hitch and stand with Planned Parenthood.

Robin Selvig, lately retired, was head coach of the Lady Griz for 38 seasons and is the eighth winningest coach in women’s school basketball historical past.

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