We must speak up and speak out. The coming weeks and months your voice will be needed. Voters voices were loud and clear, flooding legislative offices, as the new GOP congress tried to eliminate the Independent Ethics Office.The withdrew their proposal. Now our voices are needed to protect women’s access to healthcare.
During a press conference on Thursday (1/5/2017) Paul Ryan announced that the same reconciliation bill that will dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) will also defund Planned Parenthood. This could cause closure of clinics that provide healthcare services including screenings for cancer, to women who might otherwise have no access.
‘Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,’ House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said during a Thursday press conference, referring to the process Republicans are using to pass an Obamacare repeal bill with a simple majority of votes instead of a supermajority, which means Democrats can’t filibuster it in the Senate.
(Read about Planned Parenthood misconceptions and facts below)
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- This form lets you utilize Planned Parenthood’s call-program, for anyone whose made calls during campaigns, you will be familiar with the process. It is an easy way to get through to Speaker Ryan’s office. Tell Speaker Ryan to Stand with Planned Parenthood https://www.istandwithpp.org/call/speaker-ryan
- Use this link to contact your own Congressman/woman (Representative to the House) Find Your Representative Tell him/her that as your representative to Congress you want him/her to oppose the reconciliation bill because it repeals the ACA and defunds Planned Parenthood.
- Contact your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ Tell him/her that as your representative to Congress you want him/her to oppose the reconciliation bill because it repeals the ACA and defunds Planned Parenthood.
For MA residents:
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s email contact form: https://www.warren.senate.gov/index.cfm?p=email_senator Phone numbers and addresses for her Washington and district offices are at the bottom of the page along with her social media connections.
Senator Ed Markey’s information is here: https://www.markey.senate.gov/contact choose a subject to send a message and click on “office location” link to find all contact information for Washington and District offices.
Social media is also a way to make your voice heard and you don’t have to confine contact to your own Senator or Congressman/woman: http://triagecancer.org/congressional-twitter-handles/.
Planned Parenthood misconceptions and facts
Many Republicans, right-wing news outlets, radio shows, GOP supporters on social media and more, have targeted Planned Parenthood funding claiming that it means federal funding pays for abortions. That is patently untrue.
First, the Hyde Amendment states that no federal funding would be used to fund abortions unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest and if life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, a similar amendment. Second, the Stupak Amendment uses similar language and was adopted by the House. But even further, an action that got very little press taken by President Obama, makes it illegal to use federal funds for abortion. To pass the affordable care act, President Obama passed Executive Order 13535– Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Consistency with Longstanding Restrictions on the Use of Federal Funds for Abortion to mandate no federal funding would be used for abortions.
Great article on the myth’s and misconceptions surrounding Planned Parenthood in NY Mag: 9 Things People Get Wrong About Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is well-scrutinized and must keep records to show federal funding is used for preventative care, screening (pap smears etc) contraception, and overall healthcare provided by their clinics. Many of these clinics offer services to poorer women who don’t have access to healthcare often because there are no other doctors servicing their area.
REMEMBER: there is nothing wrong with contacting your representative more than once a day, week, month or year – if there are different issues involved. These people are in office to represent YOU it is their job to recognize what constituents (YOU) support or oppose.
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