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REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

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LEARN: Trump says he will appoint only pro-life judges, with the aim of allowing individual states to ban abortion–forcing women to “go to another state.” 12/1: GOP Senate passed the "tax" bill, with a provision designating life to begin at conception, for tax deduction purposes. Is this the first step toward making abortion illegal? (Politifact weighs in.) 10/6: Trump rolled back free birth control coverage for women, by expanding the exemption which requires it, allowing nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and for-profit companies that may claim religious objections to NOT offer birth control coverage (BBC). 7/28 9/26: Repeal of the ACA is dead (7 8 attempts have now failed). All Democrats, plus GOP Sen. John McCain, Sen. Murkowski, & Sen. Collins voted NO! The ACA continues for now. 6/22: New Trump"care" plan does not cover Planned Parenthood, and treats pregnancy/maternity care as a pre-existing condition. 4/13: Trump signed EO giving states the option to block funding to any organization providing abortions, including Planned Parenthood. 3/30: GOP voted to no longer require states to fund Planned Parenthood, blocking $2 million in Title IX funds going to "any" organization which funds abortion. This was as close a vote as can happen. VP Pence (long a foe of women's right to choose) broke the tie. In states with extremely conservative politicians, Planned Parenthood will struggle to survive to provide low income women with healthcare (PBS). 3/23: Trump"care" withdrawn. Success! Current version would have removed mental health, maternity, birth control, & prescription coverage! (see Healthcare for info) 3/21: Now is the time to call your senators. Tell them to vote NO on Neil Gorsuch, who sided with efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and voted for Hobby Lobby (giving companies the right to deny birth control coverage). Call now: 202-224-3121. 3/7: The House GOP unveiled Trumpcare. "It's even worse than anyone expected," says the Los Angeles Times. Who would've imagined we'd have to fight for women's reproductive rights to include maternity care? Rules that required health plans to provide hospitalization and maternity care would be eliminated; states would have the authority to set them (or not), instead. (Goldstein, DeBonis, & Snell, Washington Post) (see take action, below, and Healthcare section). Trump's new healthcare bill will, if passed, "target Planned Parenthood, rendering the women’s health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants — a key priority for anti-abortion groups." It faces significant opposition amongst Republicans. (Goldstein, DeBonis, & Snell, Washington Post) 2/10: In the dead of night, Republicans held a vote to confirm Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary. He supports defunding Planned Parenthood, "restructuring" Medicare benefits, and replacing Obamacare. Democrats opposed him for these reasons and because he was, "dogged by questions about his trading in hundreds of thousands of dollars in health company stocks while working on healthcare legislation." 2/1: Trump's SCOTUS appointment is (if he's confirmed) unlikely to support women's rights: "Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women's rights..."–CNN, 2/1/17. However, NARAL Pro-Choice America is focused on creating "asylum zones" in cities and states where women can be confident of accessing reproductive services, and, says NARAL President, Ilyse Hogue, working to "mobilize resources so that as many women as possible can get to those safe zones in the event abortion services disappear entirely from other states." 1/31/17: Good news! Over 100 Congress members reintroduced EACH Woman Act to lift abortion coverage ban. States are beginning to introduce legislation to ensure the right to choose in their state's constitution.)

Planned Parenthood, a leading provider of women’s healthcare nationwide, including access to abortion, has been the target of violence by anti-choice advocates for many years. “Between 1973, when the Supreme Court decided abortion should be legal throughout the United States, and 2003, abortion providers have been the targets of more than 300 acts of extreme violence, including arson, bombings, murders and butyric acid attacks.” (CNN, reporting on independent RAND research, 11/30/15) Despite its crucial role in helping low income women across the US maintain their health through regular pap tests and yearly breast exams in addition to contraceptive information and access, the GOP-dominated House plans to defund Planned Parenthood if it's Trumpcare bill passes, which will severely restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood receives 40% of its budget from the federal government--summary of current legislation is here (Ryan, Michigan Daily, 1/12/17). The Affordable Care Act covered women’s access to contraceptives. As of now, the GOP are actively attempting to repeal the ACA (see Healthcare section).

TAKE ACTION

(1) Join Planned Parenthood, working to defend women's healthcare rights. Planned Parenthood supporters are organizing protests around the country. Check the PP website, and sign up for emails. Donate to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

(a) In New York City? Join the activist council.
(b) In Sacramento? Become a Planned Parenthood Activist Volunteer.
(c) Live elsewhere? Search for job and volunteer opportunities to help preserve women’s access to reproductive health.

(2) Join NARAL and help them in their mission to protect women’s reproductive rights.

(3) State legislators proposed 46 anti-abortion bills in the first two weeks of 2017! Know your state representatives and where they stand; let them know what you think of Trump's nominations and any impending legislation (check this page for updates). Who are your representatives? http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com Don't know your Congressman's phone number? Call 202/224-3121, put in your zip. You’ll be transferred. Shy to call? Don’t be concerned. You’ll likely be sent to voicemail. If you do reach someone:

...speak concisely and politely, telling them:
-you live in their district (for Representatives) or state (for Senators),
-you’re concerned about protecting women's reproductive rights,
-and you want them to
push for legislation that protects women's control over their own healthcare
and obstruct the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA

Main number for the House of Representatives 866-948-8977 and Senate 866-985-2543 in Washington, DC (in addition to your local and state Congressional reps, call the DC number when Congress is in session and/or when you feel very, very strongly and alarmed about an issue or imminent legislation).

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