Friday, April 8, 2011

Midnight Tonight: Government Shutdown If We Do Not Act NOW!

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We Just Returned From DC: Family Planning & Planned Parenthood Threat Has Turned Very Serious

It's very important President Obama hears from you today. The government is already preparing for a shut-down. Decisions Are Being Made TODAY: Call the White House NOW

White House: (202) 456-1111

Women's rights advocates flooded the Capitol yesterday to fight for women's health and family planning funds, but the Republicans are still holding the budget hostage. They want to ELIMINATE the family planning program, which will devastate women's health care access and increase costs.

The government will be shut down at midnight tonight, if an agreement is not reached. Call Obama (switchboard: 202-456-1414) and let him know that women's health is not a bargaining chip. Ask him to please continue to stand strong and save family planning, which is vital to women's lives.

What's At Stake?

  • The Title X Family Planning Program that supports clinics serving 5 million women will be decimated.
  • All federal dollars for Planned Parenthood eliminated.
  • Allowing local dollars for providing abortions for women in D.C. will become illegal.
  • The devastating Global Gag Rule will be reinstated-which will cut vital family planning aid for other countries.
  • No more funding for the U.N. Population Fund.

Women at home and around the world will be put in jeopardy. If we do not act now, we could lose access to vital healthcare like screenings for cancer, high blood pressure, sexually transmitted infections, and diabetes, and contraception access for millions of women.

What you can do NOW:

1. Reach out to your Senators today. Then ask friends and family in other states to reach their Senators. They can send a simple message asking their Senator to please Vote NO on any budget bill that eliminates family planning funding.

2. Contact your Representative today and tell them to protect critical funding for women's healthcare. Tell them to reject budget cuts to Planned Parenthood and vital family planning.

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