The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Planned Parenthood have partnered with the "Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood" campaign, an initiative that promises to raise awareness and funds to protect women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, the CFDA announced in a press release on Monday.
"Civic responsibility is an important CFDA pillar," said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “We will raise awareness and support this fashion week and show that Fashion stands with Planned Parenthood."
The initiative comes after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced earlier this month that Republican leaders will push to defund Planned Parenthood of America. The action would strip 2.5 million patients of sexual and reproductive health counseling and services, according to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
The CFDA also partnered with Condé Nast to create pins that were distributed among designers, PR agencies, modeling agencies, fashion show locations, and industry members to be worn during New York fashion week, which runs from February 9 through 16. Designers will also be wearing the pin during their final walks. Longtime philanthropists and CFDA members Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera are among the more than 40 brands and designers that will participate in the "Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood" initiative.
"We know that so many people stand with Planned Parenthood- including designers and entertainers- because they and their loved ones have relied on Planned Parenthood for health care, including life-saving care like cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment and sex education," said CFDA Board Member Tracy Reese.
The pin is also accompanied by an information card with actions to help Planned Parenthood of America. Furthermore, the CFDA has also encouraged participants, attendees, retailers and influencers to share their images wearing the pin with the hashtag #IStandWithPP.
This is the latest effort from the fashion industry to support women’s rights. “Extreme politicians are trying to defund and shut down Planned Parenthood, but this is not what Americans want,” the CFDA said in a press release. “Planned Parenthood will fight to keep their doors open—while continuing to provide expert, affordable healthcare to millions of people across the country.”