Act Now! Tell Congress not to ban healthcare coverage for abortion

No Abortion Ban: National Day of Action

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
HEALTHCARE REFORM

DECEMBER 2, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Washington, DC


Day of Action Schedule
Documents You Should Bring to the Day of Action
Key Messages to Deliver
How to Twitter and Share your Experience
Information on the Senate's Healthcare Bill

Please join us to lobby the Senate to protect insurance coverage for abortion services — coverage that millions of women have today.

You'll be joining thousands of others to speak with one voice and to let our Members of Congress know that we support healthcare reform that protects women's health!

Email jchan@reprorights.org to let us know if you plan on attending, and we'll send you more information on where to find us. If you can't make it to DC, stop by our Facebook or Twitter pages to get real time updates on the Day of Action.


Schedule

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TIME LOCATION
9:00 a.m. Lobby Training


Dirksen Senate Office Building
Dirksen Auditorium, G-50

9:30 a.m. Lobby Briefing


Dirksen Senate Office Building
Dirksen Auditorium, G-50

10:30 a.m. Lobby Visits*

 
12:00 p.m. Rally Event
w/ Members of Congress

Dirksen Senate Office Building
Dirksen Auditorium, G-50

2:00 p.m. Lobby Visits*

 
4:30 p.m. Lobby Debriefing


Rayburn House Building
Rayburn 639

* Make your own appointment

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Documents You Should Bring to the Day of Action


How to Lobby 101

Print out the Center's basic primer on how to lobby when you attend the National Day of Action on December 2, 2009. Make sure to bring extra copies for your friends and family! Click here to get your copy >

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment Goes Far Beyond the Already-Punishing Restrictions in the Hyde Amendment

The Stupak-Pitts amendment, added to the House of Representative's healthcare reform bill in last-minute maneuvers on the House floor, is sometimes described as a mere extension of current restrictions on Medicaid funding for abortion (known as the Hyde amendment). These assertions are grossly misleading and misrepresent the far-ranging harm that would be imposed by Stupak-Pitts. Read more >

Senate Should Maintain Fair and Balanced Conscience Clause Provisions on Abortion Services Coverage in Health Reform Bill

There are three main reasons that the conscience clause contained in section 1303 of the Senate healthcare reform bill — and not the conscience clauses in the House of Representatives' version of the bill — should be included in the final bill. Read the reasons here >

Why the Stupak-Pitts Abortion Ban is An Unprecedented and Damaging Assault to Women's Health

The House-passed Stupak-Pitts Amendment is a serious assault on women's health, yet many remain unaware of its radical scope and how dangerous it can be. Download our fact sheet to learn more >

Facts on Stupak-Pitts Amendment and the Threat to Women’s Health

Learn why members of Congress should vote against language that is similar to Stupak/Pitts in the Senate. Download our fact sheet to learn more >

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Key Messages

  • We think, first, that abortion coverage should be treated the same as any other kind of healthcare. Abortion is a constitutionally protected medical procedure that one in three women will have in their lifetime.
  • It is critical that the health care reform bill not worsen the situation around funding of abortion and leave women's needs behind. The amendments that would ban health care coverage would violate the President's promise that those with health insurance can keep what they have.
  • The claims that segregation of funds are an "accounting gimmick" are plain silly. Religious organizations receive federal funding to run numerous social programs such as food banks and veteran services. These groups, including the Catholic Church, are required to place federal funds in a separate account from non-federal funds so that none of the federal money is used to subsidize religious activities.
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How to Twitter and Share Your Experience

Many people won't be able to attend the Day of Action, but you can keep them informed about your experience by Tweeting your insights. Make sure to include the tag #noban after your tweets to connect all conversations related to abortion funding in the healthcare bill. And if you haven't already, add @ReproRights to your Twitter feed to see what we're saying about healthcare!

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Information on the Senate's Healthcare Bill

  • It does not contain the Stupak language, which would ban private health insurance coverage for millions of women.
  • It does contain essential community provider language.
  • It does contain the Medicaid waiver expansion.
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