Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Grimm Reality

NYC Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) - representing Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn - is the ONLY Representative from New York City to join the recent war on women:

- He voted YES to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which would result in the loss of access to vital healthcare like screenings for cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, and contraception for millions of women.

- He has signed on as a co-sponsor of The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), an extreme anti-choice bill that will deny women insurance coverage for abortion.

Can we let a Congressman from NYC - a city that is a leader on choice and reproductive rights - get away with a record like this!? Simply put, the answer is NO.

Here's what you can do:

1 - Call Representative Grimm's office today! Let him know you are outraged that he would vote to de-fund women's health care, threatening the health and lives of millions of women AND sponsor H.R. 3, a bill that aims to end insurance coverage for abortion.
Call 202.225.3371 or 718.351.1062 or submit an email.
Find out if you live in Representative Grimm's district.

2) Call or email us today and get involved in our District 13 campaign, especially if you live in his district! We'll be in touch with you about actions we'll be organizing to call Congressman Grimm out on his anti-choice stance. Don't let Representative Grimm get away with quietly sponsoring this bill!
Call 212.627.9895 or email contact@nownyc.org to get involved.

3) Tweet and post and spread the word. Stay up to date with our Grimm Reality tumblr or tweet updates with the hashtag #grimmreality. Help us get the word out!

In his own words:

Here's what Congressman Grimm had to say in a recent letter to his pro-choice constituents that called him out on his vote to slash funding to Planned Parenthood:

"I understand that these health centers provide men's and women's primary health care services. While it is important to maintain access to these beneficial services, I do not believe that any taxpayer dollars should be going to institutions that provide abortion services."

Let's ask Congressman Grimm, how do you propose we maintain access to these essential health services if we stop funding women's health clinics? Will you open up a clinic in YOUR office?

Almost all of Planned Parenthood's services - more than 90% - are for preventive care. That is for vital health care other than abortion, including cancer screenings, STI testing, and providing education and contraception. Also, not one federal taxpayer dollar goes to provide abortion, even though it is a legal medical procedure.

It is appalling that legislation like this is even proposed at all, but together we will demonstrate that a New York City Congressman cannot sponsor anti-woman legislation without hearing from the women and men of his district and without consequences in the voting booth.

Check out NOW-NYC's Grimm Reality tumblr and re-blog!

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