Leader Spotlight: Amy Merrill of Plan C

Q: Where do you live?

A. Los Angeles, California

Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. Plan C is a campaign to spotlight the over-medicalization and restriction of abortion pills, and counter the politics and stigma that have crippled access with information on self-managed care. Plan C shares information on the pills including what they are and how people access them; does research and lays the groundwork for better access to this safe, effective method in the US, especially for underserved populations who would be especially benefited by their affordability and convenience.

For almost two decades, abortion pills have served as a safe and effective method for ending an early-term unwanted pregnancy all around the world, but not in the US: in a country where 90% of counties lack an abortion provider, it's time to reimagine a self-managed system of abortion care delivery in which this option is readily available, and can exist outside the politics and stigma that have eroded access to this revolutionary and empowering health technology. Plan C was founded by experts in public health who fought to bring Plan B over the counter (now available on Amazon Prime).

Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. Become an advocate: learn more at plancpills.org and spread the word to everyone you know, to help spotlight this outrageous situation of restriction and over-medicalization, and ensure everyone who needs this option knows how to access it.

Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. Like so many other women, my mom. Early on, she shared with me her definition of the Meaning of Life: it lies in helping people. And when you give, you get so much more in return. Her values were simple and grounded, and gave me a solid foundation to dream big but stay rooted in who I was and what I needed from the world.

Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.

A. From Renee Sills of Embodied Astrology: Power is so often represented as domination or privilege. But, these notions of power are false, and following them will eventually only lead us further and further away from what true power can actually be. The power of domination is nothing compared to the power of change. The power of privilege doesn’t hold when compared with the tenacity of resilience. How we each know, and what we each do with our personal power depends upon the power(s) we have inherited, the debts we hold, the entanglements we are caught in, the work we’re willing to do, and the kinds of feedback we’re willing to take. True power, at the end of the day, is the ability to grow and evolve. It is the capacity to see our shadows, apologize for our errors, adjust our misalignments, and try again.

Connect with Amy and Plan C through her Linkedin page!

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