Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Upcoming Events & Call your Reps for healthcare reform

Raising Women's Voices wants you to know just how important it is
that you take action for women's health TODAY!

Opponents of health reform are hard at work trying to derail this historic effort to provide health insurance to millions of American women and our families and protect those of us who are already insured from insurance company abuses. Thousands of people from our pro-health reform movement went to Washington yesterday to make "citizens arrests" of insurance company executives who have hiked our premiums, while earning record profits. 

Couldn't make it to DC? Wondering what can you do from home? Plenty!
Contact your representatives. Contact them NOW. Encourage all your friends and colleagues to contact their own representatives (you can do that by sending them this newsletter!). If your rep is on this list, it is especially important that you contact them and let them know that you want health reform, because they are part of  a small group being targeted by both sides in this debate. What should you say?

Tell them this is their chance to help women and our families get the health care we need. The current system is failing millions of us and they must take action to fix it.

Then make sure to let them know you're paying attention to what happens in Congress and won't accept any side agreements to allow a vote on Rep. Bart Stupak's anti-abortion language. Real reform must not roll back our rights to comprehensive reproductive health care!

Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) is hard at work trying to drum up support for his anti-choice Stupak Amendment, in order to get it included in health reform. The Stupak Amendment  would roll back women's access to abortion far beyond current law – it would prevent women shopping in the newly-created health insurance exchanges from using their own dollars to purchase private coverage that includes abortion care. Rep. Stupak is holding the entire health bill hostage, and claiming that he and up to 12 other colleagues in the House will not vote for health reform if these restrictions are not guaranteed to him in a side-deal. For these representatives, the Nelson language currently in the Senate bill is simply not enough of a restriction on women's access to reproductive health care. See here for an explanation of why Bart Stupak is wrong.

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars!

Doctors of America, March on Washington! 
March 22, 2010
Washington, D.C., Capitol Building
Our patients need it, our communities need it, our country needs it. A sea of white coats and scrubs on
Pennsylvania Ave. will give Congress a strong message - we must pass health reform now. Click here for details about how to join in!

Healthy Women, Healthy Choices: Reform! Respect! Rejuvenate! 
March 23,2010
9:00am - 3:00pm
The InterchurchCenter (475 Riverside Drive, New York)
Join RWV and the InterchurchCenter to learn more about health care reform and what it means to you. We will be discussing the reform debate, balancing your work and social lives, and how to make healthy choices for you and your family. Keynote Speaker, Byllye Avery of the Avery Social Institute of Change will be presenting along with: Dr. Manisha Sharma, Eesha Pandit, Verónica Bayetti Flores, and other advocates for social justice and health reform. Email us to RSVP

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