Keep Fighting to Save Choice
The Stand Up for Women's Health Advocacy Day on April 7 was a HUGE success, thanks in no small part to YOU. Thousands of advocates attended the rally on the National Mall and heard Members of Congress and key organizational leaders pledge to fight any and all legislative efforts to take away women's access to critical health care services. Then we made more than 250 lobby visits to Members of Congress, including 30 visits that specifically carried the faith message in support of reproductive choice.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Reform Jews participated virtually by emailing and calling their Members of Congress. YOUR actions made a difference: The Fiscal Year 2011 budget compromise, agreed to by the House of Representatives, Senate and White House last weekend, retains nearly full funding for the Title X Family Planning Program and does NOT contain an amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
But the fight is long from over. The House and Senate will vote Thursday on a stand-alone bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and the extreme No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) is expected to come up for a floor vote after Passover.
Here's what you can do:
- In the next 24 hours: Call your Members of Congress and urge them to vote AGAINST the bill to deny ALL federal funds to Planned Parenthood. Talking points can be found here.
- Keep emailing and calling your Members of Congress to urge them to oppose the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), Protect Life Act (H.R. 358) and Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 217).
- Tell at least five of your friends about the threats to reproductive choice and women's health and why Reform Jews everywhere need to take action NOW.
- Educate your congregation about these issues by inviting someone from your local Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America affiliate to speak, or inviting your Members of Congress if they are supportive of reproductive choice.
Email me or call me at 202.387.2800 if you have any questions or would like more suggestions of actions you can take.
Thank you again for your continued support.