Bulman: “Planned Parenthood defeated the repeal of the Affordable Care Act three time (which would block Medicaid patients from seeking care at Planned Parenthood.) How has Planned Parenthood been affected by the current administration?”
Johnson: “In the first year alone, Trump and his administration have issued a rule that allows employers to deny birth control coverage to employees, undermined teen pregnancy prevention programs, taken away protections for sexual assault survivors and transgender people, pushed abstinence-only programs, and tried to block patients from getting care at Planned Parenthood health center.
They’ve also issued a domestic gag rule that would radically change the way healthcare operates in this country, and worsen existing barriers to care by telling healthcare providers they must withhold information about pregnancy options.
Even in this environment, with the current administration, some states are introducing preactive legislation like Oregon, women can now get birth control directly from a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription ahead of time: or my home state of Virginia where they are pushing for paid family leave and protect access to affordable birth control for everyone woman.
Overall, while this could all look dire, I’m actually encouraged because theses attacks have motivated people of all backgrounds to rise up and fight back across the country. Which is how we defeated the repeal of the Affordable Care Act three time to protect Planned Parenthood has gained a record number of 1.5 million new supporters in the last year alone, totaling 11.5 million supporters.”
Bulman- “What would you advise millennials who are passionate about shifting vulture, fighting for justice through communication strategies.
Johnson- We often lose of our mission by comparing ourselves to other people and their journey. Figure out your purpose, be confident in your own personal journey and not be so worried about what other people are doing; including social media as well. Stay rooted in your convictions. I’m personally a believer of Jesus (the lover of all people, disruptor and activist: not the watered down version) and I’m a lover of people, especially those being oppressed. There will be times when quick success or opportunity may ask you to compromise your beliefs, morals, and the reason you are doing such life-changing work. Everything that I do, every opportunity I’m afforded, every room I’m invited to or step into, I remember those two — take risks only out of love for those in need. And once you’re confident that the risks are worth it for the greater good, find your voice and use it.