Tech Stands with Planned Parenthood Open Letter

March 16, 2017

Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi,

As business leaders committed to connecting people with the information and services they need to thrive, we urge Congress not to pursue any legislation that blocks women from accessing critical preventive care – including well-woman exams, birth control, and cancer screenings – at Planned Parenthood health centers. There is no doubt that current congressional efforts to cut off access to this essential health care provider would hurt women, their families, and the businesses they lead, work for, and support.

One in five women in America has relied on Planned Parenthood for health care at some point in her lifetime. These are women in every part of the country, from every income bracket and background, and of all ages. They include women who are the driving force behind innovation today – many our peers and colleagues. And of course, men and members of the LGBTQ community rely on Planned Parenthood for quality health care too.

What binds these millions of people together: they are looking for expert, affordable health care from the nation’s leading innovator in advancing reproductive health. For many, they are turning to the only provider available in their area. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are located in underserved and rural communities.

When policymakers in Washington, DC, talk about “defunding” Planned Parenthood, they are talking about dismantling access to basic health care in communities across the country, and stopping progress in its tracks. Indeed, our country is at a thirty-year low for unintended pregnancy and a historic low for teen pregnancy.

We know Planned Parenthood’s care and leadership have been instrumental to this success.  We are committed to supporting their ability to build on this important work and, above all, we are connected to Planned Parenthood’s mission which so closely resembles what we stand for as leaders in technology: creating opportunity for everyone to chart their own path in life and pursue their own ingenuity – without barriers or fear.

That will not be possible for the millions of people who rely on Planned Parenthood if Congress moves forward with legislation to deny them access to critical preventive care. We stand with the majority in this country who reject this harmful agenda and believe no person should have to overcome political hurdles to take care of their health.  

Sincerely,

David Karp, CEO, Tumblr
Erin Bagwell, CEO, Dream, Girl Film
Jessica Banks, CEO, RockPaperRobot
Hayley Barna, Venture Partner, First Round Capital
Phin Barnes, Partner, First Round Capital
Scott Belsky, Founder, Behance
Brett Berson, Partner, First Round Capital
Kiran Bhatraju, CEO, Arcadia Power
John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks
Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director, Box.org
DeVaris Brown, CTO, Super Heroic Inc.
Kristina Budelis, President, KitSplit
Stewart Butterfield, CEO, Slack
Karen Cahn, CEO, IFundWomen
Anthony Casalena, CEO, Squarespace, Inc.
Cariann Chan, CEO, Level
Sara Chipps, CEO, Jewelbots
Alex Chung, CEO, Giphy
Erin Clift, CMO, Kik Interactive, Inc.
David Cohen, co-CEO, Techstars
Meghan Conroy, CEO, Captureproof
Dennis Crowley, Executive Chair, Foursquare
Jess Davidoff, CEO, Admittedly
Kelsey Doorey, CEO, Vow To Be Chic
Avriel Epps, Cofounder, SeekU
Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group
Elizabeth Francis, Partner, Brilliant Ventures
Jeffrey Glueck, CEO, Foursquare
Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners
Kristen Goldstein, CEO, HireAthena
Lisa Hammann, Vice President and Region Head, North American Supply Chain, Genentech
Corie Hardee, CEO, Union Station
Julia Hartz, CEO, Eventbrite
Rob Hayes, Partner, First Round Capital
Scott Heiferman, CEO, Meetup
David Hirsch, Managing Partner, Compound VC
Grant Hughs, CSO, FocusMotion
Jennifer Hyman, CEO, Rent the Runway
Kellee James, CEO, Mercaris
Harleen Kahlon, CEO, Bolde
Josh Kopelman, Partner, First Round Capital
Sarah Lacy, CEO, PandoMedia
Aileen Lee, Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Aaron Levie, CEO, Box
Jake Levine, CEO, Electric Objects
Moj Mahdara, CEO, Beautycon Media
Melody McCloskey, CEO, StyleSeat
Joanna McFarland, CEO, HopSkipDrive
Sheel Mohnot, Partner, 500 Startups
Howard Morgan, Partner, First Round Capital
Paul Murphy, CEO, Dots
Alexis Ohanian, Cofounder, Reddit
Eric Paley, Managing Partner , Founder Collective
Deven Parekh, Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners
Satya Patel, Partner, Homebrew
Georg Petschnigg, CEO, FiftyThree
Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital
Chris Sacca, Chairman, Lowercase Capital
Noa Santos, CEO, Homepolish
Kenneth Schlenker, CEO, Stellar Base
Brian Shimmerlik, CEO, Vengo
Kristen Sonday, COO, Paladin
Robert Stavis, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Jennifer Sutton, CPO, EVRYTHNG
Doug Ulman, CEO, Pelotonia
Hunter Walk, Partner, Homebrew
Rick Webb, COO, Timehop
Kara Weber, Partner, Brilliant Ventures
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, CEO, Fitz
Fred Wilson, Partner, Union Square Ventures
Joanne Wilson, Owner, Gotham Gal Ventures
Denielle Wolf, CDO, Arloskye
Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Susan Zheng, CEO, Planted

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About the Letter

After Tumblr CEO David Karp and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards announcing #TechStandsWithPP at SXSW on March 10, leaders and innovators in the tech industry signed this open letter to Congressional leadership urging them to reject attempts to deny millions of patients access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

This open letter highlights the common bond between Planned Parenthood’s mission and the tech community’s ethos to “create opportunity for everyone to chart their own path in life and pursue their own ingenuity — without barriers or fear.” 

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