Friday, November 20, 2009

100,000 strong against the Stupak ban

Meghan Shalvoy and I had an amazing time lobbying against the Stupak Amendment this Wednesday.  More to come about our trip to Capital Hill.  In the meantime, read the following letter from Cecile Richards, who was with us in DC.  We took a photo with her!

In Solidarity,
Jerin Alam
Co-Chair, NOW - NYS Young Feminist Task Force
NOW National Young Feminist Task Force

To: President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi

Every day, uninsured women, men, and families come to Planned Parenthood health centers seeking care they can't get anywhere else, and they desperately need Congress to fix our broken system. That's why we are working tirelessly to pass a health reform bill this year.
But eliminating choice for millions of women is a price we can't afford to pay for passing health reform. The anti-choice Stupak amendment that passed as part of the House reform bill represents a huge step backward for women, and if it becomes law it will be the most expansive restriction on access to abortion coverage in a generation.
We have a chance to stop this misguided attack on women's health from being included in the Senate's legislation — but only if people like you stand strong with us today. Help us reach 100,000 petition signatures rejecting the Stupak amendment.
If the Stupak ban becomes law, it will outlaw private abortion coverage for millions of women and prohibit coverage in the public option. That means that millions of women who currently have abortion coverage will lose it — and millions more will be locked out of the comprehensive coverage they have long deserved. And it's not just women who receive help from the government to pay for insurance who would suffer: this ban would apply to women who are paying for the entire cost of insurance with their own hard-earned money.
We must stop the Stupak ban now, or we may not get another chance. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heard the massive outcry from supporters of women's health like you, and the bill he introduced in the Senate does not include language similar to the Stupak ban. Now we need the Senate's strong support to defeat any and all amendments to the Senate bill that would impose additional restrictions on women's access to reproductive health care.
More than 54,000 Planned Parenthood supporters have already signed the petition — help us reach 100,000 before December 2.
The petition is just the first step. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood supporters and other pro-choice leaders came to the Capitol to speak with lawmakers and urge them to do whatever it takes to stop the Stupak ban. And we're not done yet. On December 2, hundreds of supporters will return to the halls of Congress to speak with one voice and tell our leaders: health care reform must protect access to abortion coverage.

I hope we'll see you there, but until then you can make your voice heard quickly and easily by signing our petition. And if you can't be in Washington on December 2, you'll still be able to participate in this National Day of Action online or at events taking place in communities across the country that week. Please stay tuned for more updates as the fight for women's health continues.
Thank you so very much for all you do for the women, men, and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood.

Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund

P.S. The only way we can reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by December 2 is if you spread the word to friends, family, and co-workers. Urge everyone you know to take action by copying this blurb in your own e-mail or Facebook page (and don't forget to post on Twitter!):

The health care reform bill that recently passed in the House of Representatives includes a ban on private health insurance coverage for abortion care for millions of women, and would also prohibit coverage in the public option, even for women who pay for most or even all of the cost of health insurance themselves. This proposal is a cruel betrayal of women, and we can't let it be part of the final bill.

Leaders in Congress and the White House have spoken out against the Stupak ban, and they have the power to strip this discriminatory proposal from the final health care reform bill. It's up to us to make sure they do so. Join me and Planned Parenthood in urging President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi to continue their efforts to pass health care reform that protects women. Click here:

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