Will it matter if abortion is legal in name, if women are unable to access it in reality? Republican leaders in Congress are hoping it won't. Their strategy is clear: gut funding for family planning and health insurance coverage for abortions, even in private plans. House Speaker John Boehner is calling these efforts "top legislative priorities." There is no question that passing this agenda will put the lives of women and girls on the line.
Anti-Choice Priority #1: Eliminating Insurance Coverage for Abortion
The bill: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion (H.R. 3), Introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Stop the Ban
1. Contact your Representative today. Tell them WHY you care about protecting women's abortion access, which is LEGAL under U.S. law. Ask them to reject H.R. 3.
3. Forward this message to your friends.
Anti-Choice Priority #2: Bring the Global Gag Rule Home & De-fund Family Planning
The bill: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 217), Introduced by Rep. Mike Pence R-IN
Reality Check: This bill brings the global gag rule home to the U.S., and it will threaten access to health care and prevention services for low-income women. It will decimate major funding for thousands of health clinics across the country - including Planned Parenthood - that provide critical reproductive health services such as access to contraception, treatment of STI's, and cancer screening. For many women, these types of clinics provide their only health care.
Save Family Planning
1. Contact your Representative today. Tell them to reject H.R. 217 and make the point that preventive services such as contraception and family planning REDUCE the number of unintended pregnancies.
We are facing the most anti-choice Congress in years. Anti-choice lawmakers are a majority in the House, and only 40 Senators are 100% pro-choice. Get the numbers.
Furthermore, the state houses have been packed with anti-choice leaders, filling the pipeline for a more conservative future. The leader of Ohio Right to Life said recently, "This is the best climate for passing pro-life laws in years." Get the article
What you can do:
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