Tell Congress: Hands off birth control.
Ali Rozell, CREDO Action
In the face of immense public pressure from anti-woman extremists like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, President Obama listened to women's rights advocates and made an historic advancement for women's health with new regulations that require insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays for women.
However, the radical anti-contraception advocates are now turning to Congress in an attempt to restrict women's access to this vitally important health care.
Tea party Republicans in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would override President Obama's decision, and allow any employer, regardless of religious affiliation, to deny access to no-cost birth control to their employees. And some Democrats may cave on this important issue, especially if Republicans attach an anti-birth control provision or amendment onto an unrelated, "must pass" bill.
Congress needs to hear that you oppose this radical legislation.
This past year brought an unprecedented number of attacks on women's access to reproductive health care, and anti-woman legislators introduced extreme legislation that would have redefined rape, let women die in a hospital rather than have a life-saving abortion, and defunded Planned Parenthood.
But because those bills failed to pass, these radical activists are now trying to exert control over women's bodies by limiting their access to birth control — something that, under the new health care law, women should have access to at no additional cost.
And now, we need as much of Congress to stand up and vote against these radical bills as possible. No matter whether your senators and representative are Democrats, Republicans, pro-choice, or anti-choice, they need to hear that their constituents adamantly oppose any legislation that would limit women's access to this critical health care.
If your senators and representative are pro-choice, they need to hear that their constituents want them to stand up and publicly oppose these attacks on women's health. And if they are anti-choice, it is especially important that they hear that their constituents will hold them accountable for voting for any legislation that restricts access to birth control.
Birth control is basic health care, and something that no employer should be able to restrict access to.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the medical community agree that providing no-cost birth control is an essential part of preventive health care for women. And Kathleen Sebelius, the director of HHS, said that providing birth control at no cost to women should be like "covering flu shots."1
It is ridiculous for the (mostly male) extreme right-wing faction of Congress to try to pass legislation that could have potentially devastating effects on the health and wellbeing of millions of women.
Tell Rep. Noem and Sens. Johnson and Thune: Don't vote for any bill that includes an anti-birth control amendment or provision.
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Thank you for standing up for women's health.
Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
1. "New U.S. rules require insurance coverage for contraception," N.C. Aizenman, The Washington Post, 8-1-2011.