Pro-choice campaigns are going on all over the country. Continue reading to learn more about the national and local campaigns that you can get involved in.
1. Save SCOTUS
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated by President Trump to become the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States. With this nomination, the health and the rights of all Americans are on the line. The Trump administration has vowed to strike down Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act, and if this nomination passes, it might be able to achieve that.
Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing will take place in August. Learn more about his rulings and opinions here. If you oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, use this action page to contact your Senator to tell them to do what they can to halt his nomination.
2. Stop the Gag Rule (RHAP effort)
President Trump is pushing rule changes to Title X family planning funding that are designed to block people from getting accurate information about their health care and would prevent clinicians from giving patients the vital reproductive health care they need.
These new rules would prevent patients from getting the full range of birth control and preventive care at many primary care centers and family planning clinics. At the same time, it would also require healthcare providers across the country to withhold information about abortion options from their patients.
Submit an official comment to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them you oppose this attempt to allow healthcare providers to withhold information from their patients.
3. Expose Fake Clinics
[Driven by Abortion Access Hackathon and Lady Parts Justice League]
Fake Clinics, also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers, are anti-abortion counseling centers. There are close to 4,000 fake clinics in the United States, in comparison to 780 real abortion providers. CPCs often disguise themselves to look like medical facilities but do not utilize medical facts or standardized ethics. Although they pretend to offer all-options counseling, in reality, they intimidate people, perpetuating lies and misinformation about abortion care. CPCs are funded by taxpayer dollars.
Check out this map of CPC’s nationwide.
There are many ways you can take action to help stop the deception of CPCs:
Click + “Like” Honest Reviews: Check out the Yelp pages, Google Reviews, and Facebook pages of CPCs. When you mark honest and accurate reviews as helpful, it’s easier for people to see what services a center provides
Call + Review: Call a CPC and write an accurate, honest review on Yelp, Facebook, or Google+ to combat misinformation
Take it to the streets: Create or join a demonstration!
Sourced from ExposeFakeClinics.com
4. Support the Do No Harm Act
The Do No Harm Act ensures that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) continues to protect religious freedom without allowing the infliction of harm on others, including discrimination against women, the LGBTQ community, and others. It clarifies the original intent of the law and has the full support of the American Civil Liberties Union and Catholics for Choice. The Do No Harm Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) on July 31, 2017.
Track the progress of the bill here.
Through our Reproductive Health Access Network, we are working intensely in states where we have a critical mass of motivated clinicians. Below are actions and campaigns we know of that are active in our Network states. If you know of any additional campaigns in these states, please let us know!
Click on your state to learn more and to contact your representatives.
- Speak out in support of SB 320, a bill that creates a fund to receive private money to provide medication abortion at all public university health centers in the state.
- Support the passage of the “California Trusts Women” License Plate, a bill that would allow for pro-choice license plates that raise money to provide family planning. You can also vote on the potential designs for this license plate!
- Find out how your Congress representative votes on issues regarding reproductive health access.
- Contact your representatives to let them know what you think about these issues.
- Speak out against SB 74, which would require minors to provide “clear and convincing evidence” to a judge in order to waive parental notification when getting an abortion.
- Voice your opposition to SB 239, a bill that requires doctors to notify patients receiving abortions about the ‘abortion reversal pill,’ which has not been scientifically proven.
- Currently, most health care providers allow for patients to receive their contraceptives and reimbursement for them in one- to three-month intervals. Support SB 1281, a bill that would require access to all twelve months of contraceptives and the respective reimbursement at one time, unless the patient or prescribing provider requests otherwise, in order to increase access to contraception.
- Speak out against HB 571, which requires the collection of data regarding all patients who seek an abortion that results in a complication.
- Support a bill that requires schools to provide information about the HPV vaccine to students entering sixth grade, as well as their parents.
- Chicago has an ordinance called a “Bubble Zone” that provides patients with 8 feet of personal space when they are within 50 feet of a family planning clinic. Anti-choice protesters have filed a lawsuit against this ordinance; if they win, visitors to clinics will lose the autonomy that this physical safety gives them. Sign this petition to encourage your lawmakers to protect the safety of everyone who enters family planning clinics.
- Support HB 1217, a bill that allows physicians assistants, advanced registered nurses, allopathic physicians, and osteopathic physicians who are licensed to perform abortions do so, instead of only authorizing physicians to perform abortions.
- Support HB 787, which would ensure that prisons have written policy outlining that pregnant inmates have access to quality pre-natal health care.
- Support the Healthy Youth Act, which would ensure comprehensive sex ed in public schools.
- Support an Act to Improve the Safety of Young Women, a bill that would remove the parental consent requirement for underage patients seeking an abortion, which is a huge barrier to abortion access.
- Support a bill that requires emergency, urgent care, or health facilities to provide female patients who are victims of “criminal sexual conduct” and of “childbearing age” essential information on emergency contraception and offers them emergency contraception.
- Sign Planned Parenthood’s My Health, My Life Pledge to communicate to your legislators that you have the right to comprehensive medical information and health care, including information and care regarding abortion.
- Speak out against HF 2792, which would ban all abortions from the point of fertilization.
- Voice your opposition to a bill that requires abortion providers to retain 30 years of records for every abortion patient including, but not limited to, an ultrasound copy, gestational age of fetus, and sex of fetus.
- Speak out against the Protection of Fetuses from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which prohibits dilation and excavation abortions, which are the most common form of second trimester abortions in the US. For more information on this issue, click here.
- Support the reproductive health care access of women who are incarcerated in county correctional facilities by speaking out against a bill that would require women incarcerated in county correctional facilities to cover the full cost of their abortions.
- Support the passage of the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. These laws will bring abortion into public health law and require that insurers offer contraceptive coverage without co-payment to all New Yorkers.
- Speak out against Ashley’s Law, which would require doctors to notify patients 72 hours before receiving an abortion about the ‘abortion reversal pill,’ which has not been scientifically proven.
- Support the Whole Woman’s Health Act, which would impede new restrictions on abortion that have no legitimate medical benefits.
- Capital Care Network, the only abortion clinic in Toledo, OH, has secured a hospital transfer agreement, fulfilling its requirements under Ohio state law. However, state attorneys still believe CCN should lose its license. Write to the Director of the Ohio Department of Health to ask him to restore CCN’s license immediately.
- Speak out against HB 565, which bans abortion, making it illegal for both public and private hospitals to perform abortions, and removes government funding from any organization that performs or provides abortion.
- Make sure to vote against Measure 106, a proposal to ban state funding for abortion, cutting access to abortion for low-income Oregonians and public employees, in November.
- Support HJR 203 A, which would ensure all Oregon residents access to affordable health care.
- Speak out against a bill that prohibits abortion past 20 weeks, and requires reporting of abortions that take place after 20 weeks to the Oregon Health Authority.
- Speak out against Pennsylvania’s potential ban on dilation and excavation abortions, which are the most common form of second-trimester abortions in the US.
- Voice your opposition to HB 643, which would change the statute of limitations on abortion after 24 weeks to 5 years, thus further criminalizing abortion.
- Support H 7340, which would prohibit the state from restricting any person from terminating a pregnancy prior to fetal viability (the stage in which the fetus could survive outside the womb). This bill would also repeal the laws that regulate abortion, spousal notice of abortion, partial birth abortion, and those that classify abortion as murder. Further, all health insurance contracts would be mandated to cover procedures involving abortion.
- Let your representatives know that you do not support a bill that would classify encouraging, aiding, or contributing to the transportation of a minor across state lines to get an abortion a felony.
- Support a bill that would keep abortion legal in Vermont if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
- Speak out against The Washington Pain Capable Unborn Child Act, which criminalizes abortions after 20 weeks.
- Voice your opposition to HB 1971, which states that only physicians may perform abortions. This limits other people who are licensed to perform abortions, such as physicians assistants and nurse practitioners, from doing so.
These are the national organizations and campaigns working in alignment with RHAP’s mission and vision.
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