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Action needed: Call Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and President Obama
TAKE ACTION NOW!
We must pull out all the stops to prevent this deal from becoming a reality. Here's what you need to do:
1. Call and email Nancy Pelosi's office. (Yes, do both -- her number is 202-225-4965) Tell her the National Organization for Women's chapters, leaders and activists will move heaven and earth to mount a primary challenge to each and every legislator who got elected claiming to be pro-choice and then turned around and voted for a health care bill under the cloud of a deal with Bart Stupak.
2. Call Steny Hoyer's office and tell him the same thing -- his number is 202-225-3130. But also tell Rep. Hoyer that we are appalled by his cavalier assurance to pro-choice legislators that the women's groups won't mind if the Stupak-Pitts amendment is enacted at the last minute. Tell him that, to the contrary, women's groups mind so much that we will focus on mounting a primary challenge to his re-election in 2010, and failing that, until we get the job done.
3. Call President Barack Obama (either at 202-456-1111, the comments line, or the switchboard at 202-456-1414) and demand that he veto any health care bill passed under the cloud of a deal with Bart Stupak. Remind the president that hopeful, progressive women's votes got him elected, and that we expect him to stand up for the women of this country -- not to look the other way while Congress makes back room deals that could drive women to back alleys!
If the Stupak-Pitts Amendment becomes law, it will deal the worst blow to reproductive health rights in decades. Don't let this happen. Show our leaders how critical this issue is to so many.
What Could Happen if Stupak-Pitts Becomes Law?
Low- and moderate-income women could be completely prevented from accessing abortion. Who has money to purchase a so-called additional "abortion rider"? Who would even plan to need an "abortion rider"?
Middle-income women could be severely restricted in accessing abortion -- even if they are using some or all of their own money to pay for private insurance.
Private insurance companies that currently cover abortion could be discouraged from doing so entirely -- because they will have to modify their plans to participate in proposed health exchanges.
We could face new exclusionary battles over birth control and other forms of reproductive health care coverage in the future. Remember, the supporters of Stupak-Pitts oppose contraception as well as abortion rights.
Find more information at www.now.org and check back frequently for updates. Thank you for taking action!
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