Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't let Boehner make life worse for women in your state

From NARAL Pro-choice America

Remember all those election promises about job creation, fiscal responsibility, and “limited government”?

I sure do. But what we’re seeing in Washington, D.C. and many legislatures across the country is more government interference in our personal, private lives, not less. We’re seeing bills that block women’s access to abortion and birth control – bills that will hurt the lives of women and families in our country.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is meeting with members of Congress every day emphasizing this message, and we need your help. Make sure your friends and neighbors know about what's happening in Washington, D.C. and your state by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.

We just released the 20th edition of our premiere report, Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States. We found that the changes following last year’s elections are going to bring serious consequences for women.

  • The number of anti-choice lawmakers in the U.S. Senate increased from 40 in 2010 to 46.
  • We’ll have to take on 246 anti-choice members in the U.S. House of Representatives compared to 203 last year. (Remember: it takes 218 to win a vote in the House.)
  • The number of anti-choice governors jumped from 21 to 29. Find out where your governor stands.
  • The number of states with both an anti-choice legislature and governor went up from 10 to 15. Find out if your legislature supports a woman’s right to choose.

The fact is, probably none of your friends or neighbors has the faintest idea about these numbers. Take an important step in educating your community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.

Our anti-choice opponents are going to try to accomplish as much as they can in Washington, D.C. while their allies are in power. This week, John Boehner’s House will vote to overturn the health-reform law, which would take away prenatal care and affordable contraception from millions of women. He could also do much more, including:

  • Pushing the new “Stupak on Steroids” bill. This bill is even worse than the original Stupak ban in health reform. It would jeopardize abortion coverage in the new health-care system and impose tax penalties on millions of American families whose private insurance plans include abortion coverage.
  • Reviving the failed, Bush-era "abstinence-only" programs that censored discussion of birth control.
  • Cutting funding for family-planning programs that provide women access to basic health care, such as birth control and cancer screenings.

Don’t let this agenda go unanswered. Get the word out in your state by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.

This is one message you don’t want to keep to yourself. Please forward this email to all your friends and family who live in New York.

Thanks for standing by the women in your state.

Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation

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