Monday, February 14, 2011

Congress will vote to cut off women's access to birth control

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is going after birth control.

Lawmakers will vote in the next 72 hours to eliminate funding for health centers like Planned Parenthood that provide birth control, Pap smears, and breast-cancer screenings.

We must move fast! I need your help to protect programs that fund health centers in your community. Please send your lawmaker an email right away.

How do the anti-choice House leaders square their drive to end abortion coverage with these latest attacks on birth control? Don’t they know that birth control prevents unintended pregnancy?

It’s ludicrous. We need to tell the House that it’s unacceptable to take away women’s access to birth control and cancer screenings.

Eliminating funding for our nation’s health centers would be devastating. Right now, 4,600 publicly funded health centers – clinics that include Planned Parenthood – provide family-planning care to 5 million people every year.

It’s not just birth control that’s under threat. We’re talking about basic services like screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer… testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases… Pap tests… annual exams… and prenatal and well‐baby care.

Anti-choice members of Congress want to leave 5 million low-income men and women out in the cold – it’s heartless.

The House will vote this week. Tell your representative that you want them to oppose cuts to the family-planning program.

We will stand up to this blatant hypocrisy.

Thank you for your help time and again.

Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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