Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Action Alert: Call Congress about Health Care Reform

Planned Parenthood


You've seen them carrying signs and shouting down senators at town hall meetings all summer. You've watched them try to derail the debate on news shows with distortions and outright lies.

Opponents of health care reform — and especially those fighting against women's health — have been well-funded, loud, and aggressive.

That's what we've all witnessed, but what really worries me is what's been going on behind the scenes. Groups that want to defeat health care reform, led by anti-choice extremists who are desperate to use legislation to block women's access to care, have been lobbying Congress for months. And the worst part is that lawmakers are listening.

Just yesterday, the New York Times reported that health care reform could prohibit private insurance companies from covering abortion care — even those that currently do so. Anti-choice extremists aren't just trying to deny uninsured women access to reproductive care — they're fighting to make sure that women whose private plans currently cover abortion care lose their access as well.

Here's the situation we face: right now, senators are hearing a lot more often from opponents of women's health than they are from people like you and me. Make no mistake — Planned Parenthood has been working with legislators day and night to make sure health care reform improves access and quality of care for women everywhere. But when it comes to hearing from regular people, the contact with voters that matters most to members of Congress, we're getting out-hustled, outnumbered, and just plain drowned out.

We can't let this happen. Women across the country are counting on us. Even though you may already have called, e-mailed, or written your senators — we need you to do it again. Call your senators today and tell them to stand up for women's health. And this is the important part: we need you to commit to keeping up our side of the debate by calling once a week until health care reform that protects women is a reality.

I realize that asking you to call once a week is a lot. But we won't get a second chance at this. I know that I don't have to tell you how dangerous the current situation is for women. If lawmakers hear so much from anti-choice zealots, and so little from the majority of us who want to fix our broken system to preserve and expand access to complete reproductive care, women's health is severely threatened.

The only way to fight back against the anti-choice extremists who are trying to hijack health care reform is to keep calling, week after week. My colleagues at Planned Parenthood are making it as easy for you as possible. We'll even send you a text reminder that will walk you through the call — it's easy!

You know as well as I do that our opponents are riled up and extremely motivated. They know that health care reform legislation will help define the future of women's health care for a generation or more. They won't let up until the final vote is cast — so we can't, either. Please, make the call today — and then keep calling 'til we get it done.

Thank you for standing strong with us.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

P.S. We need to do all we can to make sure that the chorus of anti-choice voices lobbying Congress can't hijack health care reform to push their agenda. That's why it's so important for you to get your friends, colleagues, and family involved. Send them this note (or post it to your Facebook page) to spread the word:

Stand tall for women's health. Anti-choice groups are trying to hijack health care reform. If our lawmakers hear more from their side, and little from the rest of us who want to fix our broken system, we let women's health fall into severely threatened territory.

We have the power to tell Congress that protections for women's health cannot be cut out of health care reform. The best way to have an impact is to make a phone call to your senators — Planned Parenthood has made it quick and easy to do. I'm calling my senators now. Will you call, too? Click here:

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